I’ll admit it. I was one of Charlie Sheen’s first million followers on Twitter. When the whole trainwreck began, I thought it was hilarious. As it went on, though, it became obvious to me that something else was going on. It quickly lost its humour. I removed Charlie from my Twitter, and tried not to get sucked into the whole mess. That’s not to say that I was entirely successful. It’s virtually impossible to turn on the TV or look at a news website without being bombarded with some of Charlie Sheen’s latest rants. I applaud the TV interviewers / late night talk show hosts who have come out in favour of not fueling the fire, and leaving Charlie alone. Of course there will always be those who aim to profit from any celebrity’s public meltdown. That will never change because, as a society, we are obsessed with the inner workings of celebrities we see in the media. Charlie Sheen is the current “must see” in a long list of disturbing personal battles that includes the likes of Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, and others.
So it was only a fluke last night that, while sitting at work, I noticed one of the muted TVs showing Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer step onto the stage of Conan O’Brien’s. I was disappointingly aware of Charlie’s very public labeling of Jon Cryer as “a troll” for not supporting him in his fight against Chuck Lorre and the network. It was a petty, selfish comment from Sheen, but it was hardly surprising at this point. The man is obviously caught in a downward spiral, and in need of professional help. But I was curious to see how Jon Cryer would handle the “troll” issue.
The answer is this… “With class.”
He could have shot back at Charlie, but took the higher road. Humour. I think that it was the right move, and hopefully Charlie sees this too. I have my doubts though.[Thanks YouTube, for removing this video too… Geeze, you guys sure suck sometimes!]