Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel, has some strong words on the current obsession with all things Charlie Sheen in The New York Times. Holmes says that Sheen’s vast history of abusing women is somehow an afterthought, mainly because our society says the type of women who Sheen is associated with aren’t deemed worthy of respect:
It’s these sorts of explicit and implicit value judgments that underscore our contempt for women who are assumed to be trading on their sexuality. A woman’s active embrace of the fame monster or participation in the sex industry, we seem to say, means that she compromises her right not to be assaulted, let alone humiliated, insulted or degraded; it’s part of the deal. The promise of a modern Cinderella ending — attention, fame, the love and savings account of a rich man — is always the assumed goal.
Objectification and abuse, it follows, is not only an accepted occupational hazard for certain women, but something that men like Mr. Sheen have earned the right to indulge in.
Holmes nails it with this piece. Sheen is not only being given a pass – he’s being absolutely adored by the media right now and it shouldn’t be that way.
The media should stop looking at this as The Charlie Sheen Train Wreck, and start viewing it as an actual train wreck: A horrible situation for all those involved.