Who Cares What You Think? Charlie Sheen is Winning.
By: Dominique Bailey
Unfortunately, Charlie Sheen has become a household name. From fights with his boss, which eventually led to his firing from hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” to bizarre interviews, substance abuse problems, custody battles and domestic disputes, Charlie Sheen is not the person you want your children to Google. There is no doubt that Charlie Sheen has had a colorful year and Comedy Central has no issues with profiting off of his pain. Last Monday night Charlie Sheen was lucky enough to be in the hot seat at Comedy Central’s newest installment of their highly televised roasts. Roast master Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, led the group of comedians, actors and personalities in their verbal beat down of the “winning” actor.
This group was ruthless with their approach to roasting Sheen. Focusing on his history with drugs and his familiarity with prostitutes, nothing was off limits, not even his family. It was very obvious that no one even considered that some situations would be too touchy to joke about. “It’s amazing — after abusing your lungs, liver and kidneys, the only thing you’ve had removed is your kids,” said Kate Walsh. Jeffery Ross took it a step further and alluded to Sheen’s previous domestic violence charges as he singled out Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller stating, “[She’s] not very bright, unless Charlie throws a lamp at her.” Ross stays on topic and throws Mike Tyson in the mix too as he continues with, “Mike Tyson, your opponents spent more time bleeding in the corner than Charlie’s ex-wives.” However, those jokes were tame compared to the ones the roasters directed towards each other. Seth MacFarlane introduces Kate Walsh as “the hottest actress of 2002”. She takes that in strides as she shoots back, “The only difference between [Seth] and the hooker Charlie locked in the closet is the hooker eventually came out.” Amy Schumer steals the show though. She directs a joke about the late Ryan Dunn to TV personality Steve-O which left many stunned and even offended. Her distasteful joke does point out that in even in comedy some situations should be left alone.
Charlie Sheen took all of the jokes and low blows surprisingly well. With an almost smug grin he laughed, cheered and clapped through all of it. But who wouldn’t? Figuratively and literally Sheen was put on a pedestal Monday night. Even with the harsh jokes the roasters still had an eerie amount of respect for him and at some points it appeared that some within the group were in awe of Sheen. In his rebuttal Sheen makes it a point to make it known that he is indeed a superstar regardless of his various hiccups. He concludes, “Once again, I come out unscathed. You can’t hurt me. I can’t kill me … Did you really think your little jokes were going to hurt me? I did porn stars. I did drugs. Then I did the one thing everybody in America wishes he could do. I told my boss to f— off. And then it was gone. … I’m done with ‘the winning’ because I’ve already won.”