Charlie Sheen and the Money Factory

Charlie Sheen going to court - Real serious ain't he?

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Charlie Sheen the jailbird

The world is all a twitter with news about Charlie Sheen and his “non-existent” drug and alcoholism mixed with porn star hookers – or was that his show Two and one-half men?

It seems appropriate that the show would implode because of the same behaviors that launched it to the highest rated sitcom in prime time television.  Seriously, really??? Maybe we love to criticize, but a lot of us are out there watching this guy be a bonehead. (Of course, Jackass the movie has done well too, so maybe the American public likes to watch stupidity.)

People complain that Sheen was making $2 million per episode, but as I tell my children, people who create the most value for others, make the most money. What value were Sheen and Chuck Lorre making? Viewers, viewers that would watch advertising paid for by people hawking products. It is the same reason the best professional athletes get paid tens of millions of dollars. Not because they are intrinsically worth that money, but that their talent creates enough entertainment value that millions of people watch them, driving money into the hands of the sponsors.

What is the moral lesson of the Charlie Sheen self-destruction? His show may have been funny, but only because of carefully choreographed lines and a laugh track.  Anybody with even a slight hint of moral character knows that one cannot live forever as depicted on the show. Perhaps Sheen thought he could, but the more he tried, the more he crashed and burned.

His story is a tragedy, and even though Hollywood likes happy endings, too many of its stars tend to try going for the opposite. I suppose we humans can only live in Hollywood so long before we need to touch ground with reality and the further from the ground we are, the harder we have to hit to feel it. Think of your last vacation. Lounging around in the sun on the beach is nice for about a week, and then I at least want to get up and do something.

Oh No! Did I really just write a piece about a celebrity?  Oh, I need some better ideas.  Next I’ll be writing about Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck… two other celebrities that live on the edge of sanity. Perish the thought!

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