What type of society are we living in where an actor can ask for 3 million dollars for a 30 minute segment of television, claiming to be underpaid?
When 80% of humanity are living on less than 10 dollars a day, many of the world’s children are born into the belly of poverty, and (according to the same statistics) as many as 22,000 kids die each and every day because of this injustice.
And yet Charlie Sheen is tired of ‘pretending (he’s) not special’. Um, more special than whom?
I don’t know Charlie’s work much at all these days, despite being of the same generation and me loving film and television. I have nothing against the man, although these latest comments seem to have emerged from a space where ego and logic are warring with anger. And, allegedly, other things.
But surely even the most befuddled mind must look at a famous lifestyle, consider the rest of the world, and realize that to achieve fortune via something as inconsequential as acting is a privilege? The fact that he’s in a position to demand several million dollars for a week’s work is not a God-given right. He’s been lucky. Okay, talent, timing, hard work and the hand of fate have contributed, but someone in his position should not believe themself on the highest echelon of special.
No, he hasn’t said he’s more special, but the recompense he’s requiring emphasizes the point that there’s ‘special’ and then there’s ‘others.’
What type of society gives this sort of interview voice? What type of world allows me to give his words further attention by blogging about them?
That’s not my biggest concern about Charlie and this special situation, though. My greatest worry is that our society (as represented by a chosen few) will agree with the man himself, be frightened by the idea of a 300 million dollar litigation threat and submit to his monetary demands.
All the while knowing the abysmal statistics about the children we bring into this world, the annual amount spent on weaponry that might end up killing them anyway, and the high price some citizens pay merely to have a voice in their own countries.
Seems that some are more special than others. Even as we attempt to evolve and become more aware of social injustices within our world.