Editor’s Note: This post is four years old but, is prescient for our current legislative hurdles.
If you’ve been living under a pirogue lately, or still hung over from Mardi Gras, you probably haven’t heard about The Charlie Sheen Effect. Or, unfortunately, maybe you have. Chuck has managed to pull practically every headline off the main stream media frontpage into his own kingdom of Sober Valley Lodge (the affectionate name he has given his Mullholland Drive, Los Angeles compound).
Now, if you’re wondering what Charlie Sheen has to do with crawfish on your head and follow along. This is a Louisiana story of how the state’s entertainment tax incentives affect our local economies and a strong argument of why anyone opposing them is, well, ‘not winning’ and a ‘troll.’, just sit back, put an ice bag of
The Actual Charlie Sheen Effect
If you’re still living in that camp down by the bayou, and don’t have radio or television, or any modern form of outside communication, then suffice it to say, Charlie Sheen is a film and television actor. He was (and probably still is) the highest-paid television star on television. He had a TV show and now has a web show. Sort of like Conan O’Brien. He recently got into a hurricane-breeze of trouble when he embarked upon a bizarre adventure to prove to the TV world (and all territories in perpetuity; and throughout the universe; and all media known and unknown) he is a winner. The fallout is several hundred people have been put out of work, local Burbank, California businesses have seen a marked decrease in business, oh and lawsuits are going to fly just like the pigs did when the New Orleans Saints went to the Super Bowl.
You see, when a crucial lead in a TV show just, well, walks off a show, it affects hundreds of people. The crew. The vendors who supply goods and services to the show (directly and indirectly). And, believe it or not, the viewing audiences. Oh, and those mean ole nasty TV studios.