Tuesday, 08 March 2011
The media, TV, news, and "celebrity" has created Charlie. He has nearly always protrayed himself on the large and small screen, because the people writing the checks made money to write the checks off the "characterization" he's played.
If he dies. Will the public finally draw the line after his death that we are fed up of losing our favorite celebrities because the powers that be make more money for their self-destruction and self-promotion?
Whether or not you agree or support Charlie Sheen, he hasn't lied, he hasn't hid behind anything. He's let himself out there in all his "glory" and self-depracation. He does have his moments of truth and undeniable, "That's so right!" that we find ourselves wishing we wouldn't agree with. (And why? Are we afraid to align ourselves with radicalism, align ourselves with something that is out of the accepted norms - god forbid like Islam?)
And Charlie admits that "Two and a Half Men" is circular. They write stories off him and he acts his life (paraphrasing this). So the executives, writers, studios and public sees the charm, the connection, the acceptability and the $$$. Do what's easy and what the "actor" won't shy from to be "famous."
But if we lose Charlie will the public draw the line - we're sick and tired of losing famous/infamous celebrities because of the media and public misconception - like Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, (god forbid Lindsay Lohan, I mean she isn't THAT bad of an actress), Kurt Cobain, Corey Haim, Elvis Presely, Marilyn Monroe, Brittany Murphy, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Jimi Hendrix, to name just a few.
Will Charlie be the turning point for what the definition of "Celebrity" should be?