After sending a bizarre letter to the producer of his Two and A Half Men sitcom, troubled actor Charlie Sheen took to the talk show circuit to defend his behavior and convince audiences that he’s better off than we may think. This resulted in enough sound bites and quotables to keep gossip bloggers and Twitter comedians in business for a month. Among them: he’s not bi-polar, “I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there, “’Can’t’ is the cancer of ‘happen’” and “I have tiger blood” (#tigerblood has been on Twitter’s trending topic consistently since his Good Morning America interview aired).
I cannot tell a lie; after a day of trying not to be amused by Sheen’s crazy speak, I succumbed to temptation and let myself laugh. I played the #biwinning card with a few of my Twitter friends and had a good chuckle. But even for the humor I can see in the actor’s words (and how convinced he is of his own stability, when he looks like he could pass out any minute), I can’t help but feel guilty about laughing at someone who seems to be in serious trouble.
Aside from the danger he may pose to his own life, Sheen is also the parent to five children (the oldest is 25); the 45 year old also has two 24 year old girlfriends who help him raise his twin 2-year-old sons. Both his estranged wife Brooke Mueller and ex-wife Denise Richards have accused Sheen of various forms of domestic abuse in the past; in 1990, he accidentally shot then-girlfriend Kelly Preston in an incident that led to the couple’s break-up.
As much as we love to see people up, we really love to see them tumbling down. Sheen’s interview behavior reminiscent of Whitney Houston’s 2002 chat with Diane Sawyer, in which she gave us the gems “Crack is wack” and “Show me the receipts”; in fact, the bizarre antics of a troubled Houston and then-husband Bobby Brown made for one of the funniest reality shows in television history. Many of us who wouldn’t dare crack a smile at the site of the local junkie dancing off-beat on the subway platform find major amusement watching successful celebrities as they behave erratically.
While we’re laughing at Sheen for being totally convinced that he’s #winning, despite much evidence to the contrary, let’s hope that he’s actually telling the truth about being clean and sober. I don’t wish him well because he’s on television (I’ve watched more of his interviews in the past 48 hours than I have episodes of Two and a Half Men in, well, ever), but because he’s a human being. He’s someone’s father, someone’s son and a couple of somebody’s boyfriend. While Sheen’s fame and skin color have thus protected him from prison, may the #tigerblood protect him from harming someone else or himself.