Even though we’re sick of him, admit it, we’re not through with him. There’s already an app to block out Sheen and Sheenisms, so you’ll never have to see his name or face again online.
At the same time, there is a craving for more, for some escalation of his madness and for a resolution that one hopes will be somehow shocking but not involve him blowing his head off on TV.
What does Charlie Sheen do for us, do you think? Is it a simple distraction from our own problems or the problems of the world? Is it some primitive need for human sacrifice? Is it the perverse satisfaction of watching a privileged Prince turn his own life into tatters? Is it his need for attention that repels us, even as we give in to him?
I never gave a shit about him before. None of my family has watched his TV show until this week, just to confirm that it’s truly, inexcusably awful.
But now I need something from him and I’m not sure what. I feel like a Roman waiting for the lions or something. It isn’t going to be anything good, that seems clear. Maybe he represents human nature at it most base and out of control. Maybe he needs to act out our secret fantasies of going insane.
If you have any insights, lets hear them! I’ll say one thing: I have no interest in a Sheen-blocking app, but make one for Lady Gaga and I’m there!