An Open Letter to Charlie Sheen

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An Open Letter to Charlie Sheen
I don’t know if my words will actually reach you directly. But, I needed to write to you, Mr. Sheen.

But you, in all your documented confusion and self-inflicted misery, are truly the tip of the iceberg with my sadness. As I write these words in as much non-judgmental English as possible, there are SO many people that are raising up their glasses in joyous celebration to toast another fallen Hollywood Hero... cheering you on as you join the ranks of other troubled movie stars. A simple search on Google produces endless articles and blog posts on your situation... the mere inclusion of your name in an article (coupled with "Today Show") not only drives up search results, but also the CPM rates of blog ads and online advertising. My ears are filled with radio and TV noise flooding the airwaves with soundbite after soundbite of your angry tirades. Curiously, you have seeming surpassed the Mel Gibson Anti-Semitic Rant Coverage and are now reminiscent of the OJ Simpson Helicopter vs Bronco Chase: Everyone knows you're going to crash or be stopped... and they want to see it in High-Def while listening in Surround Sound.

And therein lies my real issue: The combination of the press and the anonymous/ unanimous masses that are out to judge and blast you. These people walk in lockstep, never following a leader, merely following the sheep in front of them... readying their visceral stupidity, and preparing to unload their judgmental, nonsensical written rants, using words that they would NEVER have the guts to say to your face. Look, I get it... things aren't going so well for you right now. I see you on TV and you have the face of a man that believes what he is saying—denial is a powerful thing that way. But I could never bring myself to pass judgment on your situation (beyond my short list above, which is only humble feedback based on what you yourself have stated openly). I am not only too far removed from your situation to offer any kind of opinion (let alone an informed one), but I am not the type of man to sit on my proverbial high horse and judge someone clearly having trouble... and from that judgment somehow instantly feeling better about me, because someone so high is beginning their long fall. (And THAT is what pisses me off about the press covering this as a news story... gleefully outlining your issues. You KNOW that there's more than one reporter out there who woke up at his mistresses' house and rushed in to work to cover your demise. Something about rocks and glass houses is springing to mind...).

 

In closing, I'm hopeful you will remove yourself from this situation—for your sake and for the sakes of your children. Underneath it all, you are a human being... but right now you are in need of help, Mr. Sheen. While I marvel at your comedic skills, I shake my head at your lack of self-awareness concerning your present plight. I wish you speedy recovery and peace.

Sincerely,

Charles J. Orlando 

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