A poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Penn Schoen Berland found that most Americans are totally fine with Charlie Sheen doing briefcases of cocaine, nailing hookers, and abusing women. If that sounds insane, keep in mind that “Two and a Half Men” is the most popular sitcom on television. Some of the highlights:
*26 percent actually view Sheen “much more” or “somewhat more” favorably after hearing recent news about him.
*90 percent of “avid fans” don’t think drug and alcohol abuse problems matter as long as Sheen does a good job on the show.
*Among all viewers, 28 percent of men say CBS and Warner Bros should remove Sheen, 42 percent of women say CBS and Warner Bros should remove Sheen.
*82 percent of women say they will still watch Two and a Half Men despite Sheen’s personal problems compared to 76 percent of men.
*59 percent of all viewers believe that Sheen isn’t acting on the show but actually just playing himself.
*62 percent say media should leave him alone. [THR]
I don’t think I’ll ever understand the “let this guy illegally abuse drugs and women in peace” backlash against the media. It’s like, hey, you think I want to cover this guy’s coke-fueled porn orgies every day? Well, I do. I absolutely do. My entire blogging career has been building up to Charlie Sheen burying a hooker in a shallow grave outside Las Vegas.