Charlie Sheen’s media tour of “look at what a trainwreck I am, I don’t give a fuck, who cares, I’m Charlie Sheen” is the tour that just won’t quit. While he is out of the public eye for the most part in the last few months, let us not forget the loud splash he made with his appalling NBC Dateline interview that thrust him into the spotlight for his drug addiction, woman abuse and made him lose his TV deal for “Two and a half men.” So what, whatever, let the past be the past–he’s not here now, why should we care?
Well, Comedy Central wants to have the last laugh by roasting him in one of their infamous roastings of celebrity has-beens. I am not sure that many people watch the roasts, but I have and they can sometimes be funny, especially when the roasted is embarrassed or clearly pained by the jokes. The dirty reality of most of us TV watchers is we sometimes secretly love watching people we hate get humiliated (or maybe not that secretly–watching Donald Trump be made fun of for his presidential aspirations was pretty epic).
It would seem Comedy Central can’t go wrong with this one, but that would assume that everyone hates Charlie Sheen and his self aggrandizing self destructive image he has going on, but that would be wrong. Charlie Sheen is suitable for a roast because it is the perfect way to make fun of him while maintaining that he is a complete and total bad-ass–so much of one that he can endure a roast so close to his public meltdown.
So, no I don’t think it is funny. I think it is problematic to uphold destructive fallen “heros” with a track record of woman abuse. Roasting Charlie Sheen isn’t a way to hold him accountable for his abusive, hateful, sexist and bigoted actions, it is a way to admirably poke fun at them, which in essence, gives him a pass for all his problematic and destructive behavior.