At a recent author event at my local library, many guests veered toward my table and my Celebrities in Disgrace book in order to discuss with me the ‘Charlie Sheen Situation.’ The New York Times weighed in on the latest Disgraced Celebrity ‘champ’ by pondering what it means ‘when your life becomes a verb‘
To ‘pull a Charlie Sheen’ or to ‘sheen’ may merely mean, the Times speculated, to party in excess (then why not call it ‘lohan-ing’?) or it may mean (my own two cents) to implode in public in a particularly defiant, defensive and over-the-top manner. As the Arlington Public Library supporters I spoke with agreed, Sheen is currently setting a new high or low in Disgraced Celebrity antics, pushing previous limits, such as they were.
Lindsay Lohan and last year’s Disgraced Celebrity of the Year on our blog, Mel Gibson, at least still go through the motions of apologizing and seeking help for their out of control behavior. Sheen with his recent wild statements of ‘Tiger blood’ and ‘goddesses’ and his 1.5 million-plus Tweeter followers, is maintaining a blatantly (maybe insanely) unrepentant stance.
Maybe Sheen’s longtime friend Sean Penn had the best idea: shipping Charlie off to Haiti where he can witness real human misery and where the giant spotlight following him might actually do some good.
Meanwhile as the careening Sheen celeb-crash continues, we can’t seem to look away. WDYT? Is our unseemly obsession with Charlie’s ‘sheening’ our own new national disgrace?
(photos: HollywoodReporter.com. Babbler.com)