THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS hell-raiser strikes again. A reader told me last week that she had changed her mind about sending her kids to university in the west “because of Charlie Sheen.”
Huh? That didn’t make sense to me. I told her the drug-addled actor was “just one person in one place. He doesn’t visit every student at every university in every country to encourage them to behave as badly as he does.”
She was unpersuaded. “He might,” she said. “He could travel.”
Later, I realized she was right. Charlie Sheen IS already everywhere, whispering in every ear. By being a stupid, evil egomaniac, he’s made himself the number one celebrity gossip topic around the world against amazing opposition.
But there are others like him. For example, I’m guessing that property developers are reading this and asking themselves a question: “I too am a stupid, evil egomaniac. Why am I not as famous as Charlie Sheen?”
Good question. In my opinion, Mr Sheen has an edge over the rest of us, because he is mad in both senses of the word: angry and possibly insane.
This is the man who responded to being sacked by requesting a US$1 million pay rise.
This is a guy who regularly hints that he is not from earth.
3.) “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total freakin’ rock star from Mars.”
No, wait. I think that last one might be from Confucius.
But of course all communities have their own Charlie Sheens, grossly misbehaving children of bad parents.
- India has Shaan Uttamsingh, mayhem-causing grandson of Bollywood film producer G P Sippy.
- China has bad driver Li Qiming, famous for trying to escape manslaughter charges with the phrase “My father is Li Gang.”
- Japan has Hello Kitty, who has been dressing inappropriately in recent months.
People maddened by anger are scary.
On Monday last week, a burglar broke into a home in the US state of Oregon, I learn from a link sent by a reader. The homeowner was so furious that the terrified intruder locked himself in the bathroom and called the cops.
I wonder what he said? “Police? I broke into this house in Portland and found a guy with a gun and two dogs who is angry with me about something.”
A different reader told me a similar tale, about a bungling trio of thieves who broke into a house in the western suburbs of Delhi on January 28. The homeowner was out, but neighbors spotted them and an angry crowd soon gathered, anxious to dispense instant justice. Again, the thieves phoned the police. ”Come and arrest us,” they said. “And hurry.”
Going back to angry, misbehaving celebs, I’m not surprised that Mr Sheen, Mel Gibson and John Galliano were all told to take anger management classes.
But did you know that little Demi Lovato, the Disney actress who started as a cute child in Barney the Dinosaur, last week also completed such a course? Apparently she was forced into it after she beat some guy up.
I hope it was Barney.
Last night, my neighbor told me she was taking anger management classes. I was amazed—she was patient, sweet-natured, intelligent woman. She told me that everyone gets angry, and everyone could use help managing it. Some let it explode on the outside,while others internalize it. Apparently it’s often the quiet ones who seem like they have no visible tempers at all, who have the most problems. That explains Hello Kitty, perhaps.