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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cue Charlie Sheen

We just can't seem to get enough of the Charlie Sheen meltdown and its legal and economic consequences. Really, it's become a cottage industry in less than a week. Recall that Mr. Sheen originally said Mr. Lorre's success was all because of Mr. Sheen. Here's more...Warner Brothers says it will pay the crew of TAHM for the "lost episodes" and Charlie says that decision is because of him. Onward: Charlie told ABC it could have an exclusive interview, then drifted off to NBC and CNN. As for Mr. Sheen's wants, apart from returning to work and more recognition...he wanted $3 million an episode if and when the series ramps up again. He then noted to CNN's Piers Morgan that the figure was "negotiable." Further, Mr. Sheen's lawyer Marty Singer has prepared a demand letter; otherwise the plan is to sue CBS for $320 million for "mental anguish." One entertainment lawyer says Mr. Sheen will have a difficult time proving his case based on what has been published in the media. And Mr. Sheen's longtime publicist, Stan Rosenfeld, has quit. After this circus, is Mr. Sheen employable? Opinions differ.

Chuck Lorre, the executive producer of Two and a Half Men, who at first decided to keep fairly quiet about Mr. Sheen's attacks on him, responded in a vanity card published last night after the show "Mike and Molly" aired. (original here).

I understand that I'm under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements made about me recently. The following are my uncensored thoughts. I hope this will put an end to any further speculation.

I believe that consciousness creates the illusion of individuation, the false feeling of being separate. In other words, I am aware, ergo I am alone. I further believe that this existential misunderstanding is the prime motivating force for the neurotic compulsion to blot out consciousness. This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol. It also clarifies our deep-seated fear of monolithic, one-minded systems like communism, religious fundamentalism, zombies and invaders from Mars. Each one is a dark echo of an oceanic state of unifying transcendence from which consciousness must, by nature, flee. The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, "Screw Grace, I am so outta here!"

Not entirely clear who's "outta here." Mr. Sheen? Mr. Lorre? The show? Or maybe, at this rate, the viewers.

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