Sunday, March 20, 2011

Why Does Everybody Love Charlie Sheen—or Do They?

How come people loathe Chris Brown and Mel Gibson, but still love Charlie Sheen—who has constantly been beating up his wives and girlfriends?
—Ash, via the inbox
First of all, Sheen is not "constantly" beating up women—only occasionally, you know, shooting or threatening them. Most of the time he's way too busy dropping sick knowledge on you trolls.
As for "loving" Charlie Sheen, I have some news for you:
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You're wrong about that.
Yes, people have flocked to Sheen's Twitter account in drooling droves, and they've shelled out an amazing 20 quid for T-shirts that read "Duh, winning."
And some members of the so-called Sheen Cadre—for that is what Sheen calls his possibly imaginary army of adorers—have actually booked time in their calendars for Sheen's live shows, coming to Detroit and Chicago so far.
Both are sold out, in fact.
But do not confuse such interest with adoration.
Exhibit A: A sharp 23-year-old woman named Caitlin Madden. Madden recently moved to Los Angeles from Colorado. Madden has applied for a position as Sheen's "winning" intern, a gig that has been much sought after and publicized since the actor announced it March 7.
So why does Madden want this job? Does she venerate Sheen and want to be his next goddess? Not exactly.
"I wouldn't say that I love him," Madden explains, "but I do love how honest he is about the things that he does."
Such as threatening and shooting and making thinly veiled anti-Semitic remarks? That kind of honesty?
"I wouldn't be dating him," Madden points out wisely. "I think that the relationship would be so much more different than that dynamic. I wouldn't be married to him, I just want to do social media for him, which is what the internship is."

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