> He’s the fastest Twitter user to a million followers, and his catchphrases have become instant (some would argue annoying) buzz words.
> WesternEye staffers share their views on the Sheen phenomenon.

We’ve all seen and heard in the media recently about Charlie Sheen’s antics and frivolities. Poor guy. It seems as though 2011 hasn’t really been the best year for him, but are things about to change? In January, he was sent into hospital with ‘severe stomach pains’ which led to the mandatory visit to rehab, and until mid February he was going through personalized rehab at his home.

Oddly, at the start of the year, he said that he had “cured himself of his addictions”. Apparently not, although in an interview on Today, an American television programme, he said “[That way of life] was written for normal people, people who aren’t special, people who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA”, explaining why he won’t slip back into addiction.

It has been a few tough months for Sheen. Back in 2010, he was named the highest paid television actor, earning nearly $2 million per new episode of his hit show Two and a Half Men, but now the rest of the episodes for the new series have been axed by CBS and Sheen has been fired from the television company.  His bosses called him “dangerously self destructive” and “very ill”, and it seemed in their best interests that they fired Sheen; especially as his show was to be considered somewhat family friendly.

Sheen responded with a $100 million lawsuit against CBS for a breach in contract. Good for him, but it’s questionable whether he really has a leg to stand on. He has been seen doing some weird things, especially in videos he uploaded himself onto the internet. Now, don’t get me wrong, nothing controversial takes place in these videos, but they a just a little strange. Whilst watching them, you can see Sheen is unhinged and does in fact need some sort of medical help and attention.  He has been seen holding a bottle of liquid named ‘Tiger Blood’ and he has two live in ‘Goddesses’ in his home, who are, as you’ve probably gathered, young porn stars. This isn’t exactly a way to show mental stability, especially to those holding the reigns of your career.

But, he recently got back on his feet, and now has a new sold out tour, appropriately named ‘My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option’ tour, which sold out in some venues in America in less than eighteen minutes. Now CBS want him back to reprise his role in Two and a Half Men. But we must ask, is Sheen receiving too much criticism? Every celebrity has some form of mental meltdown in their careers, and for Sheen it was only a matter of time until it happened to him.

Having a famous father didn’t help as a young kid, and he got into the limelight at an early age. But if Britney Spears can have an openly public meltdown, why can’t Charlie Sheen? Personally, I hope he gets well soon so we can have him back on our screens where he belongs, rather than being another victim of public and media scrutiny.

Vicki Ward

From Comixed.com

How often is it that arsehole celebrities, reality tv characters or actual REAL people trot out the ridiculous truisms “That’s just how I roll”, “That’s just me, deal with it?” or other such self-enforcing idioms?

While listening to hashtag-of-the-moment, the crackfully amazing Charlie Sheen’s recent enthusings about ‘bi-winning’  etc., he justified his actions with the the above mentioned statement. It energised me enough to finally start this blog, so I did. That’s just how I roll.

I find it hard to believe that people could think that the argument ‘I do x because I do x‘ is in any way convincing, that it in anyway could excuse them for their actions:

So, Private Manning, why did you leak the info?
Because I leak info, that’s how I roll.

Oh right, fair enough then. Charges dropped. NO, obviously not. So why is it that this hackneyed expression generally doesn’t provoke incredulity in the interviewer, questioner, conversational ally?

Originally, I thought the whole idea laughable, but on closer inspection these barely literate fools may actually be expressing a fundamental philosophical truth. Trite I know, but bear with me.

Good old crazy cracker, Jean-Paul Sartre (above), along with a lot of the most prominent continental contemporary philosophers worried a lot about authenticity. How can I exist as much possible as the real and true version of me? Without delving too deep into Sartre’s ontology, he reckoned that conciousness has a fundamental negative quality to it, which leads us all to a certain lack of self-identity.

To counter this lack of identity we engage in projects of being; spontaneous acts of freedom that affirm our self-identity as ourselves.This is how we roll. What Sheen and others are expressing is that what they have done is simply show and affirm, in a true act of freedom and authenticity, who and what they are. To be is to roll, esse ist volvo…?

If the person did not act instinctively, but rather reasoned that maybe banging that 7gram crack rock wasn’t such a good idea, then they would be acting unauthentically, they wouldn’t be acting as themselves. I started off thinking that ‘I do x because I do x‘ was a laughable argument, but now it seems apparent that it can be the only true argument for authentic living.

So there you have it. Another feather in Mr. Sheen’s probably quite dirty cap.

George Rowe