Charlie Sheen Wins Goldblog's First Annual Mel Gibson Prize

By Jeffrey Goldberg

From The Times, concerning the actor Charlie Sheen's ravings about Chuck Lorre, who created the show "Two and a Half Men" (which, by the way I've never seen, being an American Idol/Glee sort of guy myself):

For no apparent reason, in both interviews Mr. Sheen said Mr. Lorre's real name is Chaim Levine. He was born Charles Levine; a Hebrew version would be Chaim. The comment struck executives at both CBS and Warner Brothers as anti-Semitic, according to an executive who had spoken with representatives of both companies.

In response to the shutdown, Mr. Sheen sent a comment to TMZ. Again he attacked Mr. Lorre, saying, "What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows." He added, "I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong."

This expression, 'for no apparent reason," is very endearing and sweet. For no apparent reason? Anti-Semitism isn't an apparent reason?

In any case, maybe Charlie Sheen is simply being misunderstood. Maybe what he's doing, by deploying the word "Haim" here, is trying to help Chuck Lorre return to his roots. Maybe he's saying, "Chuck Lorre, embrace your identity, embrace who you are, be a proud Jew! And anyway, not much harm will come to you in this particular community if you do!" Maybe that's what he's saying. I always try to look on the bright side of life in these matters.

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