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Charlie Sheen INC: A Race to the Bottom (Feeding)

March 9, 2011

As Charlie Sheen continues his near stranglehold on the news media cycle the usual opportunistic pundits have come out of the woodwork armed with prognostications of doom and armchair diagnosis of alleged psychiatric conditions. Here’s a round up of pundits, bloggers, and analysts weighing in on Sheen.

Dr. Drew on Sheen:

The problem with him now is he’s getting so impaired psychiatrically that eventually — provided he doesn’t get really medically ill or harm himself or somebody else and the legal system step in — eventually, the psychiatric system is going to step in. (source)

Worldwide Global Unfollow Charlie Sheen on Twitter Day has also gotten itself in the mix with a list of reasons why it’s wrong to follow Sheen:

About 10 or so ladies, who are connected only through the Internet and a message board, were outraged by seeing friends of ours, celebrities we admire, people we barely know, and mere strangers seem to get a rush or a thrill out of watching Charlie Sheen’s decline. These same women push each other daily to be strong, independent, powerful women. We support one another. Our outrage led to a “let’s do something” and we immediately took to Twitter.(source)

Evelyn M. Rusli writes how the dubious presence of Sheen on Twitter increases its valuation:

An analyst with Wedbush, Lou Kerner, argues that Mr. Sheen’s popularity also justified a high valuation for the micro-blogging site.In a new note, Mr. Kerner compared Mr. Sheen’s tweets to “Lazy Sunday,” a video clip from “Saturday Night Live” that went viral on YouTube in 2005, with 2 million hits in one week.“ ‘Lazy Sunday’ launched YouTube into the spotlight and 10 months later, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 Billion,” he wrote. Mr. Sheen’s success illustrates how others, including corporations, can leverage Twitter’s platform to rapidly build an engaged audience, Mr. Kerner says. (source)

All this media speculation and fascination with Sheen is disturbing for a variety of reasons, the least of which is Sheen’s numerous allegations of violence against women, his daily demonstration of a two tiered legal system and, more importantly, the fact that he’s fucking annoying as all get out. But what’s more intriguing is the very same entities scoffing at his behavior have found themselves (this blog included) as somewhat instrumental in continuing the his reign of terror. Hey, in Sheen’s world all publicity is good publicity and perhaps it’s time for a media blackout.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2011 10:49 pm

    THANK YOU for writing about Sheen and not being problematic SERIOUSLY.

  2. March 10, 2011 12:22 pm

    He is like a male version of Courtney Love. I was amused at first now I am concerned. I am concerned for his children. I am concerned for his goddesses. More than anything I think that I am concerned about all the people that I assumed was laughing at him and now seem to be laughing with him.

  3. March 15, 2011 9:29 am

    Thanks for the on-point commentary, I’ve been wanting to say something but also fearing it would just add to the clamour. But you managed to find the most choice quote:

    Our outrage led to a “let’s do something” and we immediately took to Twitter.

    Oh, twitter-activists. I still can’t believe they said this in earnest.

  4. March 17, 2011 2:00 am

    Hashtag activists/feminists/do gooders work my last black girl nerve!

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