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Baggage Check: Calling Shenanigans

Dr. Andrea Bonior dives into the world of psychology.

PLEASE, LET’S NOT call brutal violence “shenanigans.”

I wasn’t in Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller‘s rental house in Aspen (and thank heaven for that!), so who knows exactly what happened? Brooke, of course, gave statements to the police after having called 911 that he had threatened to kill her with a knife while putting her in a chokehold on the bed. (She also allegedly had marks on her neck.)

A larger discussion has taken hold, in the form of “Why does Charlie Sheen, in the aftermath of at least his fourth accusation of domestic violence (see Kelly Preston, Denise Richards and Brittany Ashland) enjoy one of the most lucrative television careers in history?

And why does his image never seem to be tarnished by these incidents?” It’s quite a valid question: one that many people, including presumably Chris Brown, would like the answer to.

Jo Piazza, writing for CNN, attempts to answer it, but in my opinion, only blindly becomes part of the problem. Vaguely citing his “bad boy” image, she declares that people have come to expect these “shenanigans” from him.


A “bad boy” is one who chain-smokes and tosses back Rusty Nails as he gazes smolderingly at you across the bar, not someone who pleads no contest to splitting open your face. And “shenanigans” is something my kids do when they find new uses for toothpaste and want to avoid bedtime.

Oh, CNN. The reason that these “scandals” don’t phase Charlie Sheen’s career — as your headline seeks to elucidate — is because of the very damaging nonchalance of articles like yours.

Dr. Andrea Bonior writes Express' advice column, Baggage Check.



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