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Charlie Sheen: Set Up for Failure

April 10, 2011

Recently comedic actor Charlie Sheen premiered his brand new, never before performed show/  My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour in Detroit, MI. From what the media reported, Mr. Sheen’s show reportedly “sucked”. He was booed off stage and people walked out in droves. If you watch the news, then you saw many talking about how they didn’t like Sheen’s show and how they don’t want him to ever come back, not even for a make-up show.

The problem with these reports is that they only cover half the story.

No one in the media speaks about how the first thing they began doing when Sheen announced that he would be touring was panning him. The fact that he wasn’t a comedian. The fact that no one knew what was in store because it was a show that was debuting. “He is on drugs”. “The show might bomb”. Yada. Yada. Yada. This was before the first show even  took place. How many performers have had to deal with such pre-bias before opening a tour? Off hand, I personally can’t think of any.

Now, let’s look at the night of the show. There was pandemonium outside of the FOX Theater. Also, here is a BIG KEY POINT…a lot of people in the audience were drunk before the show even started. These same drunk people booed the opening act stand-up comedian before he even started his act to going good. The audience was drunk and unruly and I’m not sure anyone would have survived that crowd.

Was the show perfect? By no means. But it was not nearly as bad as the media and people made it out to be. Like my friend said “what the hell did they want him to do? Come out and say WINNING and Tiger Blood for 2 hours?”

Right. Didn’t think so.

I respect what Charlie was trying to do. It was like he was trying to just give us an evening hanging out with him. It was an experiment. He had never done this before and was trying to see what worked and what didn’t.  He wore a Detroit Tiger’s jersey to get us going, which was great, but after that the fans lost appreciation for what he was attempting to do. He tried showing some footage from an old film of his. That was panned. He also tried to have some candid conversations with us. That was booed. There were some solid laughs in there but overall, the audience didn’t allow anything to play out.  Any “fan” going there knew that there were no guarantees. What I don’t understand is how can you call yourself a fan and then treat him that way? Booing him? REALLY?

Detroit had the privilege of being the first stop. How often does Detroit get chosen for anything? His reward? Being treated like he was less than human.

I feel if you are a true fan, then you would have supported  Charlie in his efforts. Offered constructive criticism on twitter. Understand that he might not have done great, but he tried something new. Attempted to be innovative and fresh. At least respect him for having the balls to try. When is the last time you stepped out on a limb and did anything out of YOUR comfort zone?

And gee, He seems to have done fine everywhere else OTHER then DETROIT.

Go figure.

After treatment like that, I wouldn’t come back to the D either.

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