Evidently Warner Bros and CBS have had no problem tolerating years of misogynistic behavior from their highest paid star..they just will not tolerate a public, verbal bitchslapping of the men involved with creating and producing the ‘hit’ show. What does that say about CBS and Warner Brothers?
Nothing good. But it does say volumes about how women are still viewed by men in the entertainment industry. For a short history lesson of Sheen’s violence towards women, an excerpt from a MS. magazine article in January of this year:
Currently the highest paid actor on television at an astounding $1.8 millionper episode, Sheen has a history of abusing women, usually coupled with substance abuse. In 1990, he shot then-fiancee Kelly Preston in the arm—an accident, but a frightening and weird one that seemed to only foretell the future. In 1997, he pleaded no contest after hitting then-girlfriend Brittany Ashland. His now-ex-wife, actress Denise Richards, left him in 2006 after claiming he’d threatened and abused her and their two young children. For allegedly threatening to kill his now-estranged wife Brooke Mueller last year, he plead guiltyto misdemeanor assault; he went to court-ordered rehab and a few months later, he was back to his usual repertoire: trashing a hotel room and frightening a woman companion so badly that she locked herself in the bathroom until the police arrived. And this week, Sheen landed in rehab…again.
I realize that it’s also up to the women in his life to get away from such a disgusting individual like Charlie Sheen, its not a one-way street. Battered women’s syndrome is a complicated and sometimes controversial concept. I am also not implying that BWS applies to all of Charlie’s relationships, but it should be considered a possible rationale for why former wives Denise Richards and Brooke Muller would tolerate this man and his behavior on numerous occasions before they finally left.
In any case, Charlie Sheen’s bosses only tossed in the towel when the verbal attacks and threats were aimed at male executives. It’s a sad commentary on our society and how far we haven’t come with respect to how women are treated and/or valued. Misogyny is never pretty and should never be tolerated, no matter how much money the individual has or how highly valued his talents are. Charlie Sheen has been basically terrorizing women for years and received little more than a slap on the wrist. Hopefully this terrorist will get a clue, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.