Charlie Sheen (a Virgo with moon in Sagittarius) recently shocked/entertained the world with a bombastic rant on the Alex Jones Show in which he lashed out at his employers and celebrated his own prowess at “Winning,” and described himself as, among other things, “an F-18” and a “high priest Vatican assassin warlock.” His public outburst—which, as of this writing, has apparently cost him his job and custody of his two sons—is an example of untrammeled male id bursting out of its cage. This is one of the forces which society spends more energy than just about anything repressing, and which it consequently tends to fetishize by allowing others, usually public figures, to act it out in public for those to afraid to do so in their own lives—though not without punishing them afterward. Does this offer a glimpse into why people are so fascinated by Charlie Sheen?
This is Charlie Sheen’s world. We’re just living in it.
Go check your Facebook or Twitter feed. Everyone is linking to stories about him, quoting his diatribes, and either celebrating or condemning him. It’s most likely split by gender: ladies deriding Sheen as a “pig” and “asshole,” guys praising him (correctly) as the most hilarious person on earth. He’s instantly become a hero to millions of educated, courteous young males who would never emulate his antics — nor watch Two and a Half Men, for that matter — yet admire him with irony and sincerity.
Sheen’s appeal isn’t exclusively the wild hedonism… His appeal is that, while most guys — especially post-college — must reign in their ids and demure to society’s expectations to advance rung by rung up the soul-crushing ladder of corporate mediocrity, Sheen has reached the ultimate apex of manhood eternal: doing whatever he wants and speaking the complete truth, consequences be damned. (Even if the complete truth, as he perceives it, is “I got tiger blood,” “I have a 10,000-year-old brain,” and “I’m an F-18, bro.”)
What do you think—what does Sheen’s behavior, and our treatment of it as a society, say about us?