Am I supposed to feel sorry for Charlie Sheen?Â
Let me be clear. I donâ€™t feel having HIV should be stigmatized. Weâ€™re well past that point as a society. I lived through the â€˜80s, and I remember how it used to be; people with HIV are human beings who should not be shunned. And, of course, we should have some degree of empathy for anyone whoâ€™s sick. He was certainly a very good actor once as well.
Thus, I also feel some empathy for the central tragedy of Charlie Sheen as a public figure, for the fact that his early promise ("Platoon," etc.) descended into a pit of porn star-fueled debauchery, squandered talent, bizarre rants about "tiger blood" (takes on new meaning) and the like, and now illness. I also feel a certain empathy for anyone in the throes of addiction.
But Iâ€™m not going to lionize Charlie Sheen because heâ€™s now sick. I donâ€™t feel sorry for alleged women beaters, sorry. I find it hard to feel sorry for a guy who is a known woman beater, whose "girlfriends" are an endless stream of porn stars, and who â€“ and this is the worst part â€“ might have played Russian Roulette with peopleâ€™s lives. Heâ€™s probably the worst spokesman for the HIV-positive cause. We should have shunned him as a public figure years ago for allegedly beating women and calling them repulsive names.
His debauched lifestyle of drugs and porn stars is repugnant, but thatâ€™s his problem. This is America, and if you want to bring porn stars home to the parents, thatâ€™s your right. But donâ€™t ask me to feel sorry for you if that doesnâ€™t work out so great in the end. Knowingly exposing people to risks of infection? That, frankly, should be a problem for law enforcement. And if he wasnâ€™t a celebrity â€“ if he was just some guy without power or fame â€“ thereâ€™d be a police investigation by now instead of a big, softball interview with Matt Lauer.
Think Iâ€™m being too harsh? Well, you donâ€™t get to go around society knowingly endangering other peopleâ€™s health. Did he …Read more...