Skip to comments.Video: CNN misses the story on Charlie Sheen meltdown
Posted on 02/25/2011 10:51:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind
I wasn’t going to write anything about Charlie Sheen’s career suicide this week, since I don’t watch Two and a Half Men or much episodic television at all these days. Sheen appeared on the Alex Jones radio show yesterday, not an unusual place for a Truther to make an appearance, and went on a bizarre-even-for-Sheen rant that included anti-Semitic comments about his show’s producer and co-creator, Chuck Lorre, calling him “Hymie Levine” (Levine is Lorre’s birth name). CBS responded by putting the show on hiatus the rest of the season, and probably won’t bring it back, at least not with Sheen.
When Mel Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks a few years ago, it became part of the running commentary at CNN on everything Gibson did. But watch this two-minute clip from CNN today on the Sheen story, in which Sheen’s anti-Semitic remarks in both the Jones interview and his later open letter get zero mention at all:
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CNN viewers must be a little confused if they don’t bother checking on the story elsewhere. The two hosts make it sound as though Sheen got fired (in practice if not in form) for merely being mean to his producer and to Alcoholics Anonymous.
ABC, in contrast, didn’t just mention the anti-Semitic remarks but led with them this morning:
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Sheen addressed the suspension of the show in an open letter obtained by celebrity news website TMZ.
“What does this say about [anti-Semitic term referring to Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me,” Sheen wrote in the letter that came to light late Thursday. “I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows. …
But Sheen didn’t stop there and went on to call Lorre a “turd” and a “clown” and later used an anti-Semitic term while referring to Lorre’s name. Sheen said he is eager to get back to work, despite his escalating a public battle with the producers of the hit comedy.
Later, Sheen apparently challenged Lorre to a fight. Sheen said, “if he wins, then he can leave MY show,” according to TMZ.
Sheen told TMZ, ” I violently hate [anti-Semitic term referring to Lorre]. He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a … punk that I’d never want to be like.”
The anti-Semitism was hardly an accident, and it at least appears likely that it triggered the shutdown of the show as CBS needed to distance itself from it. So why did CNN not just avoid commenting on it, but cut the audio on the original show to keep the “Hymie Levine” part of Sheen’s remarks off the air? Given CNN’s handling of Gibson, it looks very strange indeed, and not accidental.
If nothing else, it’s worth noting that Rick Sanchez has been proven wrong.
"I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the bulls**t TV persona....So you're telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino?"
Carlos Estevez is Sheen's birth (and legal) name, just like Haim is Lorre's birth name.
Personally, I'm tired of everyone claiming victim-hood because of they were called a politically incorrect name.
Sheen not keen
CNN did it on purpose. They’d love to hire Sheen, put him
on the Spitzer/Parker show, and rename it “2 1/2 Schmucks”.
Those Hymies made Martin and Charlie filithy rich. I pity the Hollywood Jews.
I am just sitting back and enjoying the show, Charlie.
As he SAID it, not wrote it, whose transliteration was more correct?
And if he wants to be called “Mohammad Ali” why you gotta call him “Cassius Clay”? But would it be anti-black and/or anti-Muslim to do so? Probably not, but still - it seems petty at best and racist at worst.
They hypocrisy of him calling out someone for a name change is especially amusing from “Carlos Esevez” / “Charlie Sheen”.
Morrissey is getting this part wrong. Sheen didn't say "Hymie Levine", he said "Haim Levine". Haim Levine is the legal birth name of the man who now calls himself "Chuck Lorre".
I listened to the audio on the Today Show this morning, and to me it clearly sounded like "Haim", not Hymie.
Listen, I think Sheen's rant was contemptible on a variety of levels, and I think it's pretty reflective of a guy afflicted with Manic depression (probably drug-induced, which is VERY common in long-term addicts) and in a manic state. But, I don't think there was anything antisemitic in his rant - douchey yes, but antisemitic no.
Lorre has, from what I understand, penned vanity tiles that run in the show's credits that refer to Charlie as "Carlos Esteves". What's good for the goose, is good for the gander.
It’s the other way around.
Even if Sheen said “Hymie”, comparing it to Gibson’s tirade just makes conservatives look petty. Not every report, every article or blog by CNN or MSNBC is hypocrisy...
MANY, but not all.
yup—Martin Sheen btw has an actor/producer brother who kept the family surname: Joe Estevez —and wikipedia says of him, “Unlike his brother, Martin Sheen, Joe Estevez is a political conservative.” And of course Emilio “Repo Man” Estevez
also kept the orig surname.
YAWWWWWWNNNNN..... Only the latest insanity from nutland. He and Lindsay Lowlife....
A couple months ago there was a big story about the huge contract the kid from the show signed. Many millions of dollars.
I think he has a case for a lawsuit. Along with the rest of the crew.
Word on the street is that Charlie is on the short list to be Eliot Spitzer’s new co-host....
I love watching the train wreck that is Charlie Sheen.
The only way it could get better is if Charlie Sheen did lines of coke off Lindsey Lohan’s belly during a live NBA game and then took a swing at another famous train wreck, Mike Tyson.
In order to be a leftist, you must hate, and you must have hate in you. It comes out every now and then.
Personally, I don’t give a (fill in your obscenity, profanity or balsmephy of choice) what Charlie Sheen says or does.
Nothing against Charlie, I feel the same way about most show biZ ‘celebrities.’
I was hoping he would get Jay Carney's new job as Presidential Press Spokesman.
“Those Hymies made Martin and Charlie filithy rich. I pity the Hollywood Jews.”
We should ask Ben Stein to weigh in on this story.