Leave Charlie alone

City Times Editorial Board

There is no doubt Charlie Sheen has been on a downward spiral for the last year or so. And in the last few weeks, Sheen has added self-centered ranking to his long listo f offenses, from drug binging nd presumed hook-ups with prostitutes – or escorts, to be politically correct.

Sheen also appears to have lost his hit show “Two and a Half Men” after bad-mouthing his bosses at CBS.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Charlie, especially if they pay you $2 million per episode. Which you didn’t deserve at all, by the way.

The issue here is more serious than a lot of people care to admit. We are talking about a person’s well being here, Sheen’s personal life is not a scripted reality show.

Sheen is another product of Hollywood, another bad boy with plenty of money to party and pay off the people around him.

Many media outlets are definitely loving Sheen’s hot mess status. He is bringing in the ratings, which means he’s bringing in the money. But by running footage such as his ranting against CBS and his children’s mamas, the media is condoning Sheen’s behavior.

At what point should the media stop giving Sheen coverage? Until he actually kills someone or he dies of an overdose?

We viewers are in part to blame for being so obsessed with Hollywood’s train wrecks. From Lindsay (La Loca) Lohan and Amy Winehouse, we love stories of talented people whose bad behavior puts their futures at risk.

Thank goodness Britney Spears seems to be on the road to recovery.

It’s okay to love celebrities and even to be obsessed with them. But let’s not condone wreckless behavior. Think of him like a brother or child who is going through a rough match. Wouldn’t you want his bad behavior to stop immediately?

Let’s feed Sheen positive vibes and encourage him to get help. And this includes the more than one million people following him on Twitter. Stop tossing your panties at Sheen, and quit the instigating.

Let’s love Charlie Sheen for his acting and not his bad boy image. And let’s boycott his sitcom and his films. Maybe feeling the disconnect will help him consider changing his life for the better.