Charlie Sheen announced that he was HIV positive on the Today show. As an actor and personality who has been in the public eye for decades, it's apparent that the world still cares about his exploits, and rightfully so. Sheen is an enigma, fascinating and terrifying in nature. He's unapologetic and completely himself. It's admirable.
I'm not going to lie, though he may be a little off-center, I've always loved Charlie Sheen. There's something so endearing about him.
Yes, there are lots of things wrong with him and the world, but let's step back for a moment and appreciate him for what he is: just a dude.
He appeared clean, courteous and seriously composed with Matt Lauer, and actually had a lot of courage. Despite your leanings on Sheen, and his troubled past, a few disturbing details came to light in the wake of his announcement.
Apparently, people in the actor's inner-circle attempted to shake him down in order to keep his status a secret. He has paid over 10,000,000 dollars to various people who were extorting him for information, and threatening to sell that information to the tabloids. Sheen found out about the disease in 2011 and attempted to keep it under wraps as far as the media was concerned. This is not a ridiculous request. Personal is personal.
As we recall, 2011 was the year of "Tiger Blood" "#Winning" and Sheen's infamous interviews where he boasted about profoundly irresponsible things like his "legendary drug use" and alcoholism. Lauer didn't ignore that. Sheen didn't blame that period on his diagnosis, but he acknowledged that it may have been a contributor.
Sheen claims responsibility for his actions and attributes his reckless sexual behavior to the diagnosis, but can't recall an exact instance where he contracted the disease.
After a lot of deliberation with the support of his doctor and friends, he admitted that he is HIV positive. Fighting the stigma and the death-sentence that the virus tends to elicit, Sheen hopes to use his public status as a point of power, to help others who may be struggling with a similar issue.
I'm just going to leave this here, because we all love Charlie Sheen, and it's still epic. Get well soon. #Winning.