“But it’s funny, you sourpuss” (Paraphrased) March 31, 2011Posted by thesporkgirl in What We're Up To, Why Unfollow Charlie?.
The third most common contrary reaction I hear when people learn about #Unfollowcharlie, after “He’s not hurting anyone but himself,” and “I just want to watch the trainwreck,” is “But it’s funny.”
I understand that this is the hardest argument to counter. Humor is subjective. I understand that. So take this with a rather large grain of salt, when I ask, “Is it, really?”
Comedy is hard. Or rather, intentional comedy is hard. It’s a delicate, intense, difficult craft. It is a cruel, fickle mistress. Not only do I personally not see the humorous appeal of anyone just shouting “WINNING!” on its own, I find it especially pedestrian when the person saying it first utters it after just coming out of the hospital for physical effects of substance abuse, just lost a $2 million a week job, has an unapologetic admitted history of domestic violence, and it is said without a trace of irony.
Why is that funny? Ok, the laughing AT such a preposterous statement, I do understand. However, that got old for me after about a week. And it is still being largely employed in the totally earnest, not sarcastic, sense. The other catchphrases, I don’t even understand, please feel free to enlighten me in the comments section as to the initial and ongoing appeal of “tigerblood” or “fastball” or whatever it is this week.
If the main appeal is mockery, or in celebrating a person in the midst of self-destructive behaviors, I don’t understand either of those either. It’s saddening. The world is a negative place so very often, shouldn’t one of the few places you control, like your twitter feed, be a positive place?
Now don’t get me wrong, I adore dark humor. I understand that people have different tastes, but is there really anything funny about this on the man’s actual twitter feed? I guess if you are a comedian looking for material to mock, you have a pretty good excuse to keep mining for material. I guess if you’re the regular joe in your social circle who is quick with thinking up topical one-liners, ok. But for most of us, the humor derived from this situation is still all coming from comedians and commentators outside looking in on this spectacle. We can just as easily get the laughs directly from them and not have to suffer through 60% advertisements and 30% hatebombs to get to the 10% potentially-humorous tweets. And I’m being generous there.
I will also reiterate my belief that now that this endeavor is monetized, the twitter feed alone will yield very little. It’s not economical for him to give away the milk for free. He wants you to buy show tickets and t-shirts and invest your dollars to receive his goods. Which really, are they even that good?
People whose twitter feeds are funnier than Charlie Sheen’s (in my opinion):
In conclusion, I don’t get it. The novelty has worn off, and it seems needlessly depressing and/or spiteful or otherwise negative, in my opinion. If that makes me sound like a stick-in-the-mud, so be it. If your opinions varies, and if you honestly think he’s funny, rock on with your bad self.