Are you winning, Mr. Sheen

Tyler Roberts | Opinion Assistant Editor

When celebrities fall into drugs and alcohol, party with prostitutes and wind up in jail, we usually feel remorse for their wicked ways and hope for a triumphant, sober return. Their fall from grace is a pity; however, Charlie Sheen has proven that when people fall, it can sometimes be funny.

Sheen’s antics and wildly erratic behavior have catapulted him to the status of an icon for the Hollywood party scene. Newspapers, blogs, radio and Twitter have all served as mediums through which Mr. Sheen broadcasts his message. Whether you find his actions crass and mentally unstable or hilarious and ingenious, Charlie has one thing to tell you: he is Winning.

What does this mean exactly? Well, I’m really not sure either. After an embarrassing arrest and subsequent firing from the show “Two and a Half Men,” it appears that Mr. Sheen is anything but winning. Take another look, though. Sheen has a large following on Twitter, a book deal, and is launching a comedy tour this year, all of which have stemmed from his fall from grace.

What is even more interesting is Sheen’s lack of remorse throughout this ordeal. When most would feel shame, Sheen feels pride. Mr. Sheen boasts his rock star status and embraces the infamy that accompanies his actions. Not once does he say that his drug induced antics were wrong. In an ABC interview, he said that his parties put Keith Richards’ and Frank Sinatra’s to shame, smiling and laughing all the while.

Sheen isn’t seeking medical attention, he isn’t going to rehab and he isn’t giving an apology. Every time a celebrity stumbles, we expect them to pick themselves up and save face by checking into rehab. We want a moral come back. We want to preserve an American set of values. Even Tiger Woods went to rehab for being a sex addict (Winning!).

Charlie Sheen is taking a different approach: honesty. He is not apologizing for who he is, and why should he? Sheen is a wild animal. He has tiger blood, and he cannot be tamed. People claim that he is bipolar, he says he is bi-winning. People say that he should go to rehab; Sheen says he can quit on his own terms. There are even those bold enough to suggest that Sheen needs medication, and Sheen responds, “Why? So I can be like everyone else? No way.”

In the case of Charlie Sheen, we are presented with a man of extraordinary oddness. His mind is like a train moving a million miles per hour, teetering on the rails of comedy and insanity. To Sheen, drugs are not a problem, they are friends. His real friends consist of an impressive list of radical people. He is the highest-paid television actor and is at the top of his career. Not to mention that the ratings of “Two and a Half Men” have soared since his arrest. He parties like a rock star and is shameless in his approach to his “passion.” All in all, he is winning.