Friday, March 4, 2011
The Popularity of Charlie Sheen
With Sheen quotes such as "I bang 7 gram rocks at a time," and "Dying is for fools," he has stolen the spotlight from just about every other event in the world. Americans seem to enjoy watching the overly truthful Sheen antics over apparently less important issues such as the Libyan crisis, Afghanistan war, and the out of control Mexican drug violence now starting to spill into the United States.
It's really a no-brainer. Everyone likes Charlie for the most part. He's been in films that have have won countless awards, from Platoon, Wall Street, to more recently Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. We all laughed our asses off while watching Major League and Hot Shots, and now his 9 year old TV smash Two and a Half Men.
Charlie just recently broke the Twitter record for getting to a million followers in under 26 hours. The pictures he's posted online with him and his ex-porn star "goddess" wielding Broguiere's Dairy chocolate milk and Naked Juice, has since soared in sales making O.J.'s white Bronco craze look like "droopy-eyed armless children." Every interview he gives on TV is rating higher that almost every other show in the same time-slot. His 20/20 interview was the highest rated 20/20 in 2 years! Even the Two and a Half Men reruns are sporting unprecedented ratings. Clearly whatever Sheen is touching right now is turning to gold, faster than King Midas could every have hoped for.
He's made the CBS executives from Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men creator) to Nina Tassler (President of CBS), look like of bunch of idiot suites that don't understand the golden rule of show business: "No news is bad news."
There is no doubt that Charlie is going through a tough time with the pressure of his now unemployed cast and crew weighing him down. Having his children essentially "stolen" in the middle of the night must certainly hurt and make him even more determined to continue being an "epic winner."
Despite the ongoing mass judgment that Sheen is bi-polar or perhaps on a designer drug (that would not show up on a drug test) inducing a long hyper-manic state. Yet, because of his negative blood and urine drug tests for narcotics and alcohol, we are all left wondering what the hell is going on.
The old saying that "everyone likes a train wreck," is taking on new meaning as no TV celebrity has every been so revered for being so out there.
So why are we infatuated at the moment with Charlie? Good question. It is probably a combination of his overwhelming honesty coupled with his fighting spirit. I'm sure his "goddesses" and party lifestyle contribute to his current celebrity explosion as well. I have to admit that gawking at Bree Olson's tits is more satisfying than playing World of Warcraft, Angry Birds, and Cityville combined.
While Sheen-mania certainly can't last forever, it at least provides us with the distraction Americans seem to need to avoid thinking about their own horrible existences and the worldly problems at large.
And that's today's B-Word.
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