My Take: A concerned evangelical's open letter to Charlie Sheen
March 25th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

My Take: A concerned evangelical's open letter to Charlie Sheen

Editor's Note: Margaret Feinberg is an international speaker and author of "Scouting the Divine" and "The Organic God." Follow her on Twitter.

By Margaret Feinberg, Special to CNN

Dear Charlie,

As one of your 3 million Twitter followers, I’ve given you the ability to speak into my life in 140 characters or less, so I figure the least I can do is return the favor (with a few extra characters). You’ve been on quite a ride: setting a new Twitterlicious record for bagging the most followers in 24 hours, reducing "Two and a Half Men" to reruns on Monday nights, and displaying behavior that defies any sense of rational behavior (even among warlocks).

“Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour selling out in just 18 minutes, Brooke Mueller dropping the restraining order, and a big wet kiss from Jimmy Kimmel may make you feel like a #winner, but as a well-meaning fan, I’m asking you to put away the Tiger Blood T-shirts and pull back from the Hollywood media blitz long enough to consider the following:

No. 1: Though “Yes” people are always more fun to surround yourself with, maybe it’s time to make room for people who will challenge your thinking and behavior. Maybe you need some time with people who don’t give a rat’s tail that you’re Charlie Sheen.

I have two recommendations: The first is a guy by the name of Rob Bell. He’s been stirring up a bit of controversy talking about who or what is really a #winner in his new book, "Love Wins." A lot of people don’t know what to think about Bell or his nebulous beliefs, but I guarantee grabbing a cup of coffee with him will make you think about yourself and life differently.

My second recommendation is someone named Franklin Graham. Yep, his dad is named Billy. But before you roll your eyes, Franklin knows a thing or two about booze and babes from his youth. His story just might surprise you. Plus, he’s doing a whole lot of good through an organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin won’t care that you’re Charlie; he’ll only care that you’re a human being, and you need more people in your life like that.

No. 2: You need some more #losers in your life. As television’s highest paid actor (nearly $2 million an episode), we can all see how you feel like a “a total rock star from Mars” and that you are riding the high of being “on a drug ... called Charlie Sheen.” The porn stars and the private jets make you feel like a #winner, but maybe it’s time to hang with some #losers, people who have lost everything.

On the other side of the world, more than half a million people have lost loved ones, everything they own, or a sense of life as they know it. They go to bed at night and wake up in the morning under the shadows of nuclear disaster and uncertainty. Maybe it’s time to take a ride to Japan sans the goddesses and remember that all the wealth, fame and celebrity status you’ve been given could be used to help others in need.

Please don’t just write a check. Look into their eyes. Listen to their stories. The reality check will trump anything you’ve experienced in rehab.

No. 3: You’re selling out too cheap. The erratic behavior and incoherent ramblings have left everyone wondering when you’re going to crash. Comparisons to Anna Nicole Smith abound. Other than those who purchased seats for your Violent Torpedo Tour, everyone else is being given free tickets to a crash and burn party.

In case no one has told you, you’re more valuable than that. Don’t give them the pleasure. Instead of opting for the crash, pull up, Charlie, pull up. Embrace redemption — it’s never too late to turn things around and inspire us all with goodness rather than just another implosion.

No. 4: You have five kids who need you around. Even if you dismiss every argument, I have some names you can’t dismiss so easily: Cassandra, Sam, Lola, Max and Bob. Some say any media attention is good media attention, but I can’t help but wonder what your kids will think and feel when they Google your name years from now.

Your children need a loving, responsible father, which you can choose to be — and maybe that’s the best wake-up call of all. If you won’t come to your senses for any other reason, do it for them.

As for the rest of us fans, we want you back, Charlie, on your “A” game as an actor, and as a healthy dad. We’re rooting for you!

One of your fans,


The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Margaret Feinberg

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soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. Rudy

    None of you know the truth...or very few.
    Charlie has a movie coming out this summer on 9/11 truth...smear campaign went into full effect now nobpody will ever take his movie seriously...
    Way to go sheeple! back to bed with you all.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • gjwo

      If he has a movie coming out I doubt any 'smear' campaign is going to stop people from going to see it. Remember that bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. He'll probably break the box office.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • David in Corpus

      Are you my da a a a a a a day?
      Bah Ram You!

      March 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  2. BigDaddy

    It is wonderful irony to see the number of people yelling at Margaret to keep her opinions to herself, but they probably don't understand the definition of irony.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • David in Corpus

      I just told her she misunderstands the criminal mind. I didn't tell her she couldn't state her opinion on the matter. Absolute terms are the sign of a too highly regimented mind. Don't lump me in with the rest.
      God bless and keep you my son. May the blood of the Holy Virgin Mary purify and keep your soul.

      LOL, that's funny, a Maria who is a virgin. I have yet to meet one.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  3. Brandon

    This blog sucked.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  4. the_dude

    I don't care what any of you say. If Charlie Sheen wants to enter into a gay marriage I say let him.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  5. Lee

    it is so obvious what is going to happen. In fact I would bet it has been setup this way. Charlie Sheen continues to be a very bad boy. Then John Travolta and Tom Cruise will approach him about a better life with Scientology and the voila, Charlie Sheen becomes the new poster boy.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  6. LiberalNN

    Charlie Sheen proves that drugs are totally cool. I'm going to start smoking crack tomorrow to be a #winner.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • gjwo

      You better rush to your doctor to get yourself a prescription of Vicodin, wash it down with a bottle of cheap vodka and top it off with a nice pack of cigarettes. You'll be high, drunk and wired enough to make one Youtube video and die.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  7. Down with media wh0res

    There is nothing I dislike more than some leech like Margaret Feinberg who comes out of the woodwork whenever a celebrity is on a shame spiral, pretending to only have concern for said celebrity when in actuality it is nothing but a ploy to get her name in the media...as well as her twitter account info. Good job, Margaret. A few extra people know who you are now. Hope you're happy and that your God punishes you for your arrogance. Leech!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Dima

    He'd probably call you a troll for this one.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Nielsen

      Whoever Charlie calls a troll are not offended. It's coming from a drug addict with goat-a$$es for girlfriends.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  9. Nielsen

    Open letter to Charlie from me: Dear Charlie, You may get away with it here on planet earth, BUT you will enter your afterlife with nothing but your good deeds. That's when you will realize you are poorer than the poorest on earth. Good luck with that. Too many people have died (NDE's) and come back to prove this is true. You will meet your maker and he won't be buying it. Enjoy all the self centered joys in your life. You will be begging for forgiveness and mercy soon enough. That's what getting your house in order really means dumba$$

    March 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • sue


      March 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Terre

      And here comes the religious nuts.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • gjwo

      You can be comforted by one thing at least. When you're dead you can't be disappointed that there is no afterlife. I would rather rest in peace then have to deal with dead people for eternity.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Nielsen

      hay Terre

      Never said anything about religion. That's mans way of control. There is a God and that's a fact. You have issues with religion that have nothing to do with me.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  10. Kid James

    This open letter sucked. what a waste of time.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  11. hjs3

    Nah, that's too calculated for Charlie....He's more the head-on car-wreck type....

    March 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  12. steve

    hmmm im sorry to say this but i am kinda in sheen's korner on this one he does need help but the truth is no one will help him he has trust issues if i was closer to him i would do my best to pull him into rehab and get him clean and sober i love charlie as a person and he is a very funny man just right now he is a very troubled man who needs some real love not fake love from so called blond goddesses i mean wake up america half of hollywood stars use coke just few come out about it
    look at JACK N. did it up to the 1980s and he kept his nose clean for the most part but hey we all have our addictions some bigger then others i personally am an addict to one a day vitamins and welbutrin as well as caffene and nicotene not to mention i have smoked pot we all have issues no matter how big we are of small by the way i also take sleeping pills and i stay up to the weee hour of the morning i still do my job and manage to take care of two boys which arent even my own so hey life is tough just need to know when enough is enough and i personally know how to stop what i am doing like when i was on oxicodine and vicodin for wisdom teeth i was addicted it felt warm and fuzzy but i got off of it i am a strong person

    March 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  13. Rafael

    I honestly believe that this whole Charlie Sheen thing is indeed an act. He's got a deal with Mark Cuban for some kind of TV show or something, not entirely sure. That's why he crashed the set of Kimmel while Cuban was there. It's almost like the Joaquin Phoenix thing.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  14. Kelly E.

    I completely agree with Margaret Feinberg's Open Letter to Charlie Sheen. I trust that he'll get himself cleansed and will bounce back soon. He is truly a perfect example of some uncontrollable celebrities who, because of fame & fortune, has gone bad. I seriously suggest that he goes to a good rehab center and consider his kids as his excuse, if at all he doesn't care about himself. C'mon, Charlie, please wake up and do the right thing. Life's too short to be messing up too much.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  15. sheikyerboutie

    Charlie rules! Your my idol!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • sue

      @sheikyerboutie. You have very very low standard in life if this guy is your idol. You just put yourself in the same class as a wife beater, drug abusesr, lost his kids and job. If this is your kind of idol, please do NOT have kids. Your dysfunctionalism HAS TO STOP. Charlie Sheen an idol? Man what a sad life you live. Shallow, empty and full of negativity. Sorry.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  16. Leslie

    Can you imagine Charlie Sheen and Franklin Graham in a room together? OMG!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  17. MadCityBabe

    meaningful gesture; however, most likely will not make one bit of difference................a person only changes IF they want to......his millions allow him freedom to DO WHATEVERHE WANTS.......................including this ridiculous behavior....it might have been cool at 25 but he's 45..............his looks ridiculous!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  18. fritz65

    Hey folks! Sheen is OLD NEWS!!! He's fizzled out and his obit will be the next thing (hopefully) printed about him. Now we're all concerned about the numbers of Hispanics in the United States. Big News! According to CNN, there's quite a few of them. Actually, more than a few. Gee, they might even be in government positions, teach our children, or enforce our laws. How do we cope, you ask? Stop reading this and worry about something that matters!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Rob

      fritz65 - you're no better than Charlie Sheen if you're openly wishing him dead in a comment online. Get a life.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  19. Leslie

    Why do you think the Charlie Sheen Madness keeps going on and and on? What does it say about us????

    March 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Larry M

      A great deal, and none of it good. When I think of all all the craziness and horror going on in the world I wonder why I give this train wreck called Charlie Sheen five seconds of my time... but I guess most people instinctively gawk at a train wreck.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  20. Just Me

    Charlie Sheen is nothing but a disgusting piece of crap! He cares about no one, including his kids. He obviously loves himself, his "godesses" and drugs more than anything else. He wants nothing more than for people to say he's done nothing wrong, live your life the way you want, which obviously he can do. People going to see his stupid Torpedo Tour are only encouraging him to keep doing the things he's doing. I feel terrible for his kids, how embarrassing for them! Do you think he cares? NADDA! Is he really so stupid to think he's immortal and he'll be just fine? I know he thinks he has the upper hand and maybe he does in a way, but I hope CBS NEVER takes him back. I wouldn't walk across the street to see Charlie Sheen. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know people think you don't like him so don't read the articles and don't post your hateful comments. I'm sick of hearing about Charlie Sheen. Get on out of this world or straighten your act up and act your age idiot!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Chipthechamp

      In the first place, before you ask, I read the piece because I am bored at work! Now, Charlie doesn't care what you, the author or I think. Calling him names, giving him advice or screaming at him isn't going to influence him one way or the other! I'm sure your rant makes you feel better about yourself cause you just busted on a guy in the news. Now a little advice for you. Calm down and control what you can control in your own life and ignore Charlie. He'll go away...or back to work. I'm not just speaking to you, Just Me, But to everybody who has given this cat too much space in their own heads. Its OK!!! Charlie ain't gonna end the world! (now here is the part where you get indignant and cite his children...who are better off not being around someone who is crazy anyway and will not go hungry or wanting for anything regardless of what we say here) Cheer up!!!

      March 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
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