Thursday, March 3, 2011

Charlie Sheen on "Bi-Winning"

image from Real Bollywood

This interview excerpt with Charlie Sheen reminds me of an Eddie Izzard bit about Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator and orchestrator of mass genocide: "A guy kills one man and we lock him up. A man kills thousands, hundreds of thousands of people, and we're almost thinking, man, congratulations. You must get up very early in the morning."

I don't care for Charlie Sheen, his politics, his lackluster acting, his cavalier assholishness in the news and otherwise, but after seeing this clip of his interview this week, I kind of have to admire him. He appears to be absolutely, positively, completely bat-shit insane, but he's proud of that fact, and he's willing to spell it out for whoever asks. He dictates his own image; terrible though it is, it's his. As Eddie Izzard would say, he's a busy man: busy taking drugs, possibly abusing women and neglecting his children. Still - busy.

1 comment:

bartolomeodias said...

I agree, but the bat-shit insane part, at least with Charlie Sheen, seems dishonest to me the way people are talking about it.

All the Charlie Sheen jokes are just cleverer versions of what they do on Perez Hilton, Gawker, all of that. Making fun of people who are human beings, but in the public eye.

Charlie Sheen is mentally unstable and is an addict. That happens to millions of sick people who need help. He has to be called out for being an awful person, but this whole treating him like he's just so crazy, removes him from the possibility that it could be any one of us if we were in his shoes.

He has to be given tough love, not mockery.