While America remains embroiled in no less than two
wars, and as a serious political upheaval continues in Libya, Egypt,
Tunisia, Yemen, Pakistan, and the Ivory Coast, our national attention this week
has unfailingly focused on a bad boy, sitcom star who lives with a pornographic actress
and a former nanny, whom he lovingly refers to as his "goddesses."
The fact that Sheen has completely dominated the public discourse is not only a testament to the competency and standards of televised journalism, but also to Sheen’s particular brand of crazy. The man -- born Carlos Estevez -- dispenses peculiar non-sequiturs seemingly designed for internet meme-dom; his maniacal words – evidenced by now ubiquitous phrases like #tiger blood, #winning, and #plan better – have a certain irresistibly.
When asked during his immediately infamous 20/20 interview, what exactly he meant when he referred to
himself as a, “High Priest Vatican Assassin Warlock,” Sheen responded, “I don’t
know. All those words just sound
cool together.” He elaborated
briefly, saying, “Stuff just comes out and it’s entertaining and it’s fun and
it sounds different than all the other garbage people are spewing, you know?” And seriously, why not?
We’re all familiar with celebrity train
wrecks by now (i.e. Lindsay Lohan, Brittany Spears, Mel Gibson - should we go on?), but Sheen seems to be having fun with it, making it almost “sound
cool.” And in a culture of
constant PR obfuscation, his honesty is, to an ungodly number of folks, as refreshing as it
is totally, 101 percent rogue.
Quick note: a noted firearm enthusiast, Sheen once accidentally shot his fiancée Kelly Preston in the arm, causing her to flee into the nonthreatening arms of future husband John Travolta. No, really.
The increasingly haggard actor’s utterly unapologetic stance on his history, lifestyle, and self-adulation make Charlie Sheen easily the most knavish of any Rogue of the Week, but this is one entry for which we, as consumers of information, all deserve a share of the credit or blame, to put it more accurately.