Amy Spies over at the Huffington Post kind of brings the matter around to employment law matters by comparing Sheen to Howard Beale in the Network, and then both to ordinary people:
They are not alone. Obviously, Howard Beale and Charlie Sheen's battles with their corporate bosses are high-class, first-world feuds, but angry people in their audiences are also mad as hell without comparable megaphones, star power, huge bank accounts, and audiences; they, too, don't want to (and some literally can't) financially take it anymore. Unemployment statistics overflow with individuals, far less highly compensated, who having serving their companies for decades, find themselves suddenly fired or having their jobs disappeared, replaced by young, malleable robots or automated voices or parking pay machines. The movie Network was fresh 35 years ago, when we were more naïve in cohabiting with cold corporations. Now, post-recession, we're battle-scarred, losing homes to mortgages going upside-down, seeing savings turn negative due to fiscal greed and fraud, feeling our self-esteem, senses of self and safety go poof along with pensions and health-care plans.Fox News reports on "How to Deal With the Charlie Sheen of Your Workplace."