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Goodbye, Charlie

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I am not fond of watching trainwrecks. I don’t follow gossip sites. But the walking self-destruction machine that is Charlie Sheen is pretty hard to avoid these days. The guy shouldn’t be pandered to by the media, but his off-the-wall declarations have started a new cottage industry on the Internet – his quotes translated to New Yorker cartoons, cats, even baby sloths.

Chuck Lorre vanity cardsTwo and A Half Men

But beyond all the hype and the misery that is sure to follow, there is something that Charlie has said that has given me pause. Beyond pissed off that the show producers dare to think that he isn’t well enough to film, he is demanding a raise from what he makes now, about $2 million an episode, to $3 million. “Look what they put me through … I’m underpaid right now, sure … When you look at the money they’re making, it’s ridiculous.”

It’s hard to wrap my mind around it. Charlie Sheen has been making $2 million dollars an episode for Two and a Half Men. I’ve never seen the show. I can barely watch ads for it. I don’t know anyone who has seen it. Or admits to watching it. Do you? Two and a Half Men, in its eighth year on television, has already filmed sixteen episodes this year. Who on this planet, tiger blood or not, deserves to make $2 million dollars for just part of a yearly job that they do? Seriously. Are lives being saved? We know it might just be the opposite.

$2 million dollars. $2 million dollars. $2 million dollars. What’s the national debt again? $2 million dollars. $2 million dollars.$2 million dollars….

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  • Butch

    The 2 mil Sheen was earning has nothing whatsoever to do with the national debt. The government wasn’t paying Sheen. It’s an irrelevant comparison.

    Sheen was making 2 mil an episode because, believe it or not, he was well worth it to the producers of “2 and a Half Men” based on the revenue generated by the show. There is no way on earth they would have paid him so well over so much time if his presence on the show wasn’t in their best interests.

    And he’s probably right about deserving a raise if they do get the show back on the air.

  • El Bicho

    You don’t seem to understand how show business works as Butch makes clear. You aren’t paying Charlie’s wage so why would should you care how much he’s making?

  • This isn’t about how showbiz works. It’s a riff on how out of hand things can get. The money is at the core. It’s why Sheen wasn’t reigned in earlier. He was worth the money and the trouble to the show to look the other way. I only mentioned the national debt because t’s hard for me to visualize the vast amounts of money involved. I’m questioning if anyone is “worth” that amount of money, considering how hard things are for most people these days.

  • LynnfromBC

    Charlie Sheen has a very interesting coping strategy, he hates everyone. It happens. He is just a bit disinhibited right now and he also has a big stage to play it out on(that’s probably why he hates AA-its anonymous).

    I have to disagree that money is at the core of this issue and it’s frankly maudlin to portray it as such. This is about getting attention, gratification, and validation. It’s simple physics: for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction and a body in motion stays in motion.

  • El Bicho

    “I’m questioning if anyone is “worth” that amount of money, considering how hard things are for most people these days.”

    What does one have to do with the other? Are athletes supposed to take a pay cut because there’s a recession? Is George Lucas supposed to stop making a gazillion dollars off licensing Star Wars when unemployment goes into double digits.

  • Not at all. Charlie got what he deserved. He made money for the suits. Just like ballplayers getting all those bucks. The owners are rich and their paying the salaries – the only thing is it trickles down to cost of tickets and refreshments at games. You could just stay home and watch on TV. It’s your choice.

  • Victor is so sick of this story that he not only writes and comments upon his own BC blog telling us “I am officially sick of the story,” but he also comments on this other blog.

    That’s officially sick, alright.

  • Alan, it seems that you are an expert on being “officially sick.” We appreciate that here at BC more than you will ever know.

  • Weak, Victor, very weak. “Officially sick” is your term, not mine.

  • Victor Lana (#8), when you write, “We appreciate that here at BC,” whom are you presuming to represent? (Unless, of course, you routinely refer to yourself in the first person plural, like the Pope or other, secular royalty.) BC’s publisher, co-executive editors, and senior comments editor can use “we” to signify the full editorial staff because they are in positions of overall authority. But for a mere sports editor to address a commenter that way is questionable.