Charlie Sheen and the Double Standard in Hollywood

Only a few months after Charlie Sheen was found naked in a bathroom with hookers and cocaine, the troubled actor was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after suffering “severe abdominal pains”, which were later attributed to a hiatal hernia. His rep—who must be exhausted and dreaming about being Taylor Swift’s publicist—released the statement, “Charlie has had a history of having this type of hernia, and the person who made the 911 call said he had severe stomach pains and said it was from a hernia condition. Since she is not a doctor, I did not extend her medical knowledge to the media.”

According to TMZ though, the story is bullshit. The day before, the actor reportedly had a briefcase full of cocaine delivered to his house and proceeded to go on a 36-hour bender with two porn stars. Even though TMZ is a dubious news source, the story doesn’t seem too far-fetched given the actor’s sordid past. It has also been further substantiated by the release of this video in which Kacey Jordan—one of the porn stars who was with Charlie the night of his bender—describes in detail how she drank to excess with Sheen, watched him smoke cocaine, and went to his personal movie theatre to watch porn with him for two hours. During their magical time together, Sheen also described plans to Jordan of retiring and moving into a house with a bunch of porn stars, asking her if she would like to join and be the token blonde of the house. Jordan accepted his offer mostly because he promised to buy her a Bentley.

What’s perhaps more puzzling than the evening itself is the fallout from his drug binge. Since everyone is in denial of Sheen having a problem, the actor will not be entering treatment and will return to work on his Emmy award-winning sitcom, Two & A Half Men on Tuesday. This dedication to enabling the actor and his vices is frightening and sets the stage for tragedy.

Sheen is emblematic of the ultimate Hollywood double standard. He can beat up his girlfriends, hookers and do copious amounts of drugs and still find work on a very successful sitcom. If he were an actress, I doubt he would even be given the option of returning to work. Rehab would be his only chance at salvaging his career. The case of down-and-out actress, Lindsay Lohan, comes readily to mind when discussing Sheen’s exploits. Here’s a 24-year old actress who has been forced into rehab 8,000 times to save face, lost movie roles and incurred irrevocable damage on a once-hot career. The public has been cruel to her and delighted in her downfall. Studios have shunned her, citing the high costs it would take to insure her. Sheen, on the other hand, is in his 40’s, has children and has been caught doing so many worse things and is doing just fine. In fact, every time Charlie Sheen beats up a hooker, it seems like he’s given an Emmy. So what’s the deal? Why is Hollywood still clutching on to this damaging double standard? Why is no one giving Sheen a time-out and forcing him into treatment like they did with Lindsay Lohan? Not only is the actor’s perpetual “Get out of a jail free” card sexist, it’s also probably going to end up killing him. Sorry, Charlie. TC mark

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Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.

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  • http://twitter.com/pillowfort Jonah Matthews

    I believe it has something to do with his alleged intention to sue if he's prevented from returning to the show.

  • http://twitter.com/Alcords A C

    My thoughts exactly…it's disgusting how this is just brushed aside as “oh it's just Charlie being Charlie” and the insurers and producers still want to pay him that amount of money per episode when Lindsay Lohan (and Britney a few years ago) were considered toxic…

    • http://twitter.com/DMULLOL dee-bo

      britney was pretty “toxic” a few years ago

      • Diddly

        I see what you did there.

  • Blah

    its not “'oh its just Charlie being Charlie”. Its…. Oh its just a male being a male. SEXIST!

  • Erik

    It's not a double standard. Here's the single standard that is being applied: “If you do a shit ton of drugs, avoid being photographed all coked out, because that will be spread all over the internet. Also, get high on your own time, not when you're supposed to be sober and ready to work. If you do both those things, people will let you do as many drugs as you want.”

  • Sans_taste

    If Lindsey's last few movies made money, no one would care about the cost of insuring her. Two & A Half Men has great ratings, unfortunately. And ratings have spiked since the Vegas incident. Sexism certainly still has a place in Hollywood, but this perceived double standard has little to do with it. It comes down to money. LL hasn't had a really big hit film since 2004. Sheen would have been canned a while ago if he didn't deliver the kind of ratings he's inexplicably capable of bring to CBS.

  • Arthur

    Finely, a good article by Ryan O'Connell. I like it.

    • Arthur

      *finally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/G-rac-Ushdugery/100000870217856 G-rac Ushdugery

    It's all about profitability people don't give a shit if you make them money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/G-rac-Ushdugery/100000870217856 G-rac Ushdugery

    It's all about profitability people don't give a shit if you make them money.

  • d.

    Your statement that lindsay has been “forced into rehab 8,000 times” makes a mockery of the rest of the article.

    Also it seems this article has forced charlie to 'voluntarily' check into rehab.

    Sweet.

  • http://kilakilakila.blogspot.com brittany wallace

    being a woman is hard :(

  • 2ci

    Charile Sheen is just a fucking bro. i want to party with him and give him drugs he has not tried yet.

  • SIGH

    The reason it appears as a double standard is because Charlie Sheen wasn't expected to serve as a positive role model the way Lindsay was. If Charlie's main demographic were people the media considered to be “impressionable youth”, then he would be getting more severe criticism and repercussions for his actions.

    Charlie Sheen is in his mid-forties. People don't care nearly as much when someone makes choices like these when they aren't at the beginning of their career. Charlie Sheen was never, and will never get the same publicity for any aspect of his life that Lindsay received.

  • Gerry Rice

    this is the news

  • Helen

    omg i can't believe two.5 men has won emmies. eeewwwwww Charlie and that show are vom worthy fer sher.

  • GUEST

    Is Jezebel your only news source? They already ran this article, except it was more in-depth and had less typos.

    • Ryan O'Connell

      For what it's worth, I posted my story (and tipped Jezebel) 2 hours before their article was posted. But you're right! Theirs was more in-depth and sans typos, beb!

  • Tuco

    “Studios have shunned her, citing the high costs it would take to insure her.”

    Studios aren't lying about that. Lohan's behavior has delayed movies she's been in, her legal troubles mean she could get sent to jail during filming. Thus, no one will insure her for any significant part.

    Remember when Robert Downey Jr. got busted for drugs? He was unable to get insured, and lost numerous parts. Finally, Mel Gibson put up the insurance bond for his role in the Singing Detective.

    Sheen can get away with a lot more, because he's on TV, and isn't one misstep away from jail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bee-Goode/100001676566533 Bee Goode

    i wish i could live charlie sheen's life. even if only for 36 hours.

  • E5

    Although he did not, eventually, return to work and stay, this remains a very valid point.

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