Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Quote of the Day, Jr.


"Staring failure in the face and calling it 'winning' -- that's the closest thing we have to an American religion. It's the native tradition, from Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick to Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. And if that's our religion, Charlie Sheen is our Vatican assassin warlock. Lots of us can look back on ruined lives, lost jobs, squandered fortunes. But to look back on it all and shrug, 'I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' frickin' rock star from Mars'? That's up there with Ahab threatening to strike the sun if it insults him."

-- Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone

Adding: Here's a related quote from Matt Taibbi's mailbag segment yesterday:

"He’s definitely a symbol of something, can’t really put my finger on what – he’s like what America’s soul looks like with its clothes off or something. They could easily update E Pluribus Unum by replacing it with Duh…Winning and it would fit modern America just right."

9 comments:

kanye said...

This is exactly the kind of bullshit media conclusory statement-pawned-as-insight that pisses me off to no end.

Charlie lives in a house the size of a small sports stadium; his every whim and want attended by two blonde goddeses, half his age.

He's spent the last decade making 2 million bucks a year; he's now reaching a wider audience than he could have ever dreamed; he's launching what looks to be a sold-out-in-minutes nationwide tour...and this is what passes for failure?

It's no mistake that Sheffield's examples of "Staring failure in the face and calling it 'winning' ", both come in the form of fictional characters.

Maybe Ron Sheffield should go find somebody who's just had their house foreclosed on...see if their standing in their front yard yelling "winning".

Chez said...

I agree with you and as you know I've taken issue with anyone who condescendingly says that Charlie Sheen must be really miserable, or he needs help, or whatever. I just thought the point about how we as Americans occasionally have an almost bulletproof tendency toward self-deception was a good one.

Anonymous said...

Decompensation. Winning!

elizabeth said...

Here's a fun analysis of how Charlie has spent his money:

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-so-how-much-does-charlie-sheen-spend-coke-and-hookers

Alanna said...

The only time the name Charlie Sheen's name should be analogous to winning is the answer to a $100 Jeopardy question 10 years from now.

**Fitting, my captcha word is: Failis

tru dillon said...

He beats women. He is an addict. He has children who will be profoundly effected by all his "winning"

Tuba Terry said...

I know a guy who's around 40, his kids are brats, he's up to his eyeballs in debt and he acts like a child.

According to him, the kids are geniuses, he's ready to buy a new car, 'keeping up on his commitments' and in the best shape of his life.

We don't just have a tendency towards it, Self-deception is the American Dream.

Burns said...

So I know I'm just a few days late, but I saw this today and felt like you might appreciate it. He looks so buggy and tweaked out, but you have to appreciate the self-parody. Either that, or they just told him to come and talk....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuWks3wmRtM&feature=player_embedded

Dan said...

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