I’d like to think I have a reasonably good sense of humour. I find a lot of things funny, and I do believe in trying to see the funny in most situations but I think I must have missed the memo that went around to the world to say that Mental Health issues are an absolute side splitter.
Yes of course I’m talking about Charlie Sheen, and it’s been an issue that’s been building with me for awhile and now I’d like to start pointing my slightly chewed nail polished finger at everyone out there that doesn’t have the intelligence or empathy to realize this man is not funny anymore.
How atrociously irresponsible our news presenters have been of late. All snickering and making jokes about the latest Charlie Sheen rant. All people that should have more professionalism and integrity than to think drugs and mental breakdowns are under the banner of ‘light, funny news pieces’. I’m not so sure they’d be popping their children under such a banner if they had a full-blown drug habit, and were showing up all over town talking about aliens and being a rockstar from Mars.
Having worked in the media for some years, there are certain things that we, who have the honour as part of our jobs, to express our opinions, we must do it in a way that doesn’t insight hate, or that we’re seen to encourage suicide, or any sort of violence. However, in some sort of very odd grey area, we seem to be able to laugh on a daily basis at people suffering severe mental problems.
Closer to home, I actually felt quite sick when the news came on and there’s Brendan Fevola, fresh off the back of admitting he’s been having suicidal thoughts, and clearly plunging into a further pit of misery in his personal life, yet that doesn’t stop reporters following him to the airport and shoving microphones in his face. Surely this cannot be a proud moment in your career when you’re chasing a dangerously sick person and adding to their anxieties. Someone who admitted days earlier he wanted to die.
Everyone seems to think they have a right to judge whether in ‘his condition’ he should be going overseas, but we don’t know why he’s going, and how about the fact that he might be dragging himself out of his dark place in the hope of looking for career prospects?
You only had to look at poor Brendan’s face as he tried to make his way through the airport, and even stopped politely to have a photo with fans, that he is a very worn down, and he’s doing it really tough. He looked so lost, and I felt so sad.
Going back to Charlie Sheen for a second, I totally get that he’s got blokes all around the world doing a symbolic high five to the Two And A Half Men star, because he’s a ‘legend’. He’s a legend because they love the show, yes I get that. He’s a legend because there’s a blurred line between his character and how he leads his real life, which must appeal to men around the world that have fantasies of parties with porn stars, and getting messy with rock stars like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Boys will be boys; yes I see that’s all kind of cool, and kind of funny.
But is Charlie that far off the guy you see wondering around the city talking to himself and going through the bins? Is he funny and a legend too?
And yes he gives millions of people around the world a daily, wacky sound bite, which the media love, because they know you’ll love it. But networks and news presenters actually have a duty of care with the content that they put out there, and most certainly being seen to laugh at someone mentally ill, does not make any of them look clever.
In fact, if you ask me, I think it makes a laughing stock of them, not Mr Sheen.
AM I MISSING THE JOKE? HAVE YOUR SAY?