As the Charlie Sheen saga rolls on, so does my utter enjoyment in hearing about it. And with over 1 million 'followers' on his Twitter page in the first 24 hours, it's clear that I’m not the only one. The world loves it, including Charlie Sheen himself. And why shouldn't they? Finding humour in all things ridiculous gets 90% of the working world through a day at work. And Charlie Sheen? Well he's made a 'hard day at work' that little bit easier for all of us.
Forget the Chuck Norris jokes or boring quotes from 'The Simpsons' that you've heard a million times before. Charlie Sheen is the new player in town and he's providing for us all. The amount of Charlie Sheen quotes I’ve heard in the studio this week could easily be written down and submitted as a thesis. And the best part is, they're still funny. Which is lucky, because it seems they're going to be around for a little while.
But to my point. I can't help but feel this guy is copping a bit too much from the sensible media dweebs that are judging his every word. Yes, the guy is clearly eccentric. Yes, the guy lives a lifestyle that neither you or I could ever imagine. And yes, the guy said some of the funniest things of the year. But just because these things may be true (and funny), it doesn't mean his opinions are any less valid. The guy makes some good points yet he's still being written off without a chance… Why?
Poor old Sheen was forced out of the woodwork by the demanding media and outraged public and, when he finally utilised a 'chance' to defend himself, he got shut down and labeled a nutbag. Is that fair? Sheen did nothing wrong in the interviews that have gone viral. Nothing wrong. He cleared his drug-tests, spoke honestly and answered what he was asked. I mean, okay, this is the party guy that doesn't have a stellar reputation, but you have to listen to his side of the story. And in the whole 'Two and A Half Men' debacle, his side of the story seems like it might be a bit more valuable than we all thought…
Media idiots have been on Sheen's back lately, blaming him for the cancellation of the hit show which has put many people out of work. And while they have a valid argument (no Charlie Sheen means no show) it seems to me like blaming it on the guy who the media dislikes is far too convenient. Besides, Sheen himself has said that he wants to work, it's the issues within that is holding it back.
Unemployment is never fun, but let's not forget, while people may be out of work due to this kerfuffle, TV shows come and go and they'll be back at work again soon enough. The big winners in all of this are the struggling comedians who have gained invaluable material to work with. Every cloud has a silver lining. It's all give and take, people. It's all give and take.
This whole Sheen debacle is just like the Mel Gibson psycho era, only this time we swap Mel's racist rants with Sheen's hilarious thoughts on himself. Who says you need blood, death and tears to make a headline? Sheen has single-handedly shaped the news of the last week by answering questions he's been asked, honestly. And I think we ought to celebrate his honesty. Let's have three cheers for Charlie Sheen and I can't wait to see what does next...
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