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30 October 2010 @ 03:25 pm
The Great Enablers  
Domestic Abusers Need Help, Not Forgiveness

Or why enabling isn't helping the Hollywood batterers. Really, Hollywood is the biggest enabler of all.


By now everyone has heard about Charlie Sheen’s drunken drug-fueled rage over the weekend in a New York hotel room. Sheen was spending time with an escort and couldn’t find his wallet or cell phone and accused her of stealing it. He flew into a rampage and began to throw furniture around the hotel room and the woman was so frightened she locked herself in the bathroom.

This was blamed on a bad reaction to some medicine. Jay Leno incorporated it into his monologue with a fake warning label about side effects such as "screaming, throwing things and locking a naked woman in the bathroom." (Not an exact quote, coming from my foggy memory.) One of Leno's pet peeves, judging by years of monologues, is Hollywood celebrities getting away with bad behavior and even murder.

Sheen continues to be employed but ought to be forced to participate in a treatment program for violent men as a condition of his employment. Of course he won't be, because Hollywood, like an enabling spouse, wants to make everything look normal.
W. Lotus: Peacefulwlotus on October 31st, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
It's amazing what behaviors by men Hollywood will explain away or ignore. It makes me sick.
Tapatitapati on November 2nd, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
It's true, as long as those men make them money they don't seem to care.

If people truly cared about the welfare of women and children, they would take this more seriously. :(
(Anonymous) on October 31st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hollywood or us?
But "we" can control what Hollywood does but not watching or complaining to the studio.

Is it Hollywood or a reflection of current society?
Tapatitapati on November 2nd, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Hollywood or us?
We have some input, but Sheen's employer keeps renewing his contract for whatever reason. I think people should boycott the program and write in until Sheen really does something serious about his violence (not just substance abuse treatment).

Other employers have fired actors for less.