Why Black Folks Love Charlie Sheen

The black Twitterverse has a new BFF. Call it a case of schadenfreude, but nothing's more entertaining than following the latest celebrity train wreck.

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Sheen refuses to allow others to have all the fun at his expense, so he parodied his own damn self on his Twitter feed ("Born Small ... Now Huge ... Winning ... Bring it … ! (unemployed winner ... )" reads his profile). Bravo, Charlie! That's the kind of trickster move I'd expect from Kanye West.

My friend Richard O'Connor caught up with the Sheen meltdown after a long, hard day spent educating the youth. "From a man in his early 40s, today really was pretty bad," He wrote on his Facebook status update.

"The only thing that made it bearable ... Charlie Sheen!!! The voice of my generation."

Natalie Hopkinson is a contributing editor to The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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Natalie Hopkinson is a Washington, D.C.-based author whose current projects deal with the arts, gender and public life. She is the author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. Follow her on Twitter.

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