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Charlie Sheen: Why Wasn't He Kicked Off "Two and a Half Men" Earlier?

Charm is No Longer Enough

Earlier today, I wrote about Charlie Sheen, his marijuana bikini model, and his seeming ability to get by on his charm despite little instances of domestic violence and the like. That’s why I was excited to read this story and this story.


Charlie Sheen is not getting by on his charm any more. Apparently, charm fails when you are using it to verbally assault your boss as “good ole Charlie” did earlier.  Charlie will be losing $1.2 million an episode for shows that will never be filmed, primarily for his remarks against Mr. Lorre, which were viewed as anti-Semitic.


“In response to the shutdown, Mr. Sheen sent a comment to TMZ. Again he attacked Mr. Lorre, saying, “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows.” He added,“I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.”


While I’m definitely glad to see justice in this case, it’s interesting to note that Charlie Sheen’s earlier escapades—including verbally assaulting his ex-wife with a knife in his hand—were totally ignored by the producer of the TV show.


I am totally against anti-Semitism and disliked his verbal assault against the creator of the world’s stupidest TV show, but am thoroughly disgusted that he was allowed to keep his job (and given a hefty raise) after being arrested on domestic violence charges. Why aren’t the rights of women given more precedence in the media? (Granted, his ex-wife did try to stop charges against him, but this is a common pattern with women who are abused. She is not different from most other women in this regard.)


I also find more than a bit of irony in Charlie Sheen’s words about his boss; he is asking his “loyal fans” to “right an unconscionable wrong.” I don’t know what Charlie Sheen’s particular drug of choice is at the moment, but he is sounding a bit like Qaddafi with his martyr talk about justice. Seriously. Charlie Sheen is complaining about being “degraded” after his years of loyalty to prostitutes and drug kings and utter lack of respect for the female sex. The unconscionable wrong is that he is not behind bars, not that he is being “degraded.”


Good luck with your next contract, Charlie. You’ve managed to piss off the only friends you have left.