Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a writer and artist from Michigan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous literary journals from Prairie Schooner to Bartleby Snopes online. Her latest poetry chapbook, SECURITY, is published by March Street Press. She has a novel and is represented by Chelsea Gilmore of Maria Carvainis Agency.
VIOLENT TORPEDOES OF TRUTH by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
I felt a ripple of pleasure when I read in the Detroit Free Press that Sheen’s “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour, which opened in Detroit on Saturday, was an unmitigated disaster. The Freep reported it as being a disconnected, rambling, self-indulgent show.
The Motor City greeted him with a standing ovation (shame on them) but apparently Sheen’s catch phrases quickly staled when the pointlessness of the show became evident. Even he saw his grip on the audience sliding, and, one point, felt a need to assure them, “Trust me, this is going somewhere.” It didn’t. It was a mere half hour before people started earnestly booing and some headed for the exits, grumbling about wasted money.
Why am I so pleased? It’s about time this man got his due. Unfortunately, his downfall may not happen for what, in my opinion, is the right reason, but at least it’s happening. Maybe. The truth is yet to be seen, but at the very least, people are beginning to question why they adore him. As for me, it’s been a long time since I could stomach his cutesy, bad-boy shtick on “Two and a Half Men” after I learned about his abuse of women. It’s shocking:
1. In 1990, he “accidentally” shot his then-fiancée, actress Kelly Preston, in the arm with a .22 inside their Malibu home.
2. In 1994, he allegedly struck a UCLA student in the head after she refused sex with him. He was married to model Donna Peele at the time.
3. In 1996, he allegedly slammed his girlfriend, adult film actress Brittany Ashland, on the tile floor, knocking her unconscious and splitting her lip. She claimed he made her dispose of her bloody clothes and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He pleaded no contest. (more…)