Who doesn’t love a good derailment?

Like most people, I find myself drawn to the human car crash that is Carlos Irwin Estevez.  I even follow his Twitter account.  If that makes me a terrible person, then so be it.  Now, I’m not watching it because I’m a huge fan; I like Major League for Tom Berenger, I watch Platoon for the scenes with Willem Dafoe and Berenger, I’ve never seen Wall Street, and I think Two and a Half Men is crap.

I’m following this debacle because we as a society are drawn to it.

We’ve become so captivated by celebrities and have put such an emphasis on their importance that the events in their lives pass for headline news.  Last week while the riots and civil unrest in Libya were still at their peak, Charlie Sheen’s status as an employee of Warner Bros. and CBS was a lead story.  Is it because we place greater value on whether or not Carlos is using crank in front of his kids while banging a porn star or if Lindsay Lohan stole a necklace over the events in the Middle East?

No, at least not per se.

Yes, we seem to become more engrossed by these stories, but not because they’re important.  While we celebrate celebrities (is that redundant?) because their lives are more glamorous than hours, thus giving the impression that their lives are more important, we also relish in being able to condemn them when their lives turn to mush.

Why is this?  It’s validating, in a way.  It’s something of a relief to know that these people who have multi-million dollar homes in extravagant parts of the world and make love to ridiculously beautiful people are more fucked up than we are.  Sure, I’ve been arrested once or twice for doing stupid stuff, but at least I didn’t walk around wielding a machete like a walking stick/picked up a transvestite hooker/dangled my kid over a hotel balcony.

On a more rudimentary level the internet and tabloid TV has turned us all into vultures and flawed celebrities into carrion.  Instead of worrying about whether or not stars like Sheen and Lohan will truly get the medical or psychological help they so desperately need, we keep hoping that some company will insure for a studio so that they can get work again.

That way we can all sit back and wait patiently for them to screw it all up again.


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