I’ll be honest, y’all. The other day I said something about “winning” in the Charlie Sheen way, and ever since then I have been just absolutely itching to post the interview with almost no context or comment. Imagine my satisfaction when I saw that today Carlos Estevz, better known as Charlie Sheen, turns 56 years old!
Because I’ve been wanting to do this, I’m just going to post the video. I think you should watch it, and I really think you should just try to imagine yourself as a hungover (or possible still drunk?) 22-year-old college student watching this video and having absolutely no idea how any adult could end up being like Charlie Sheen. I want to apologize for the poor video quality, but this was the only video I could find where the entire 40-minute was in one place. If you’re interested in a higher definition version offered in segments, click here. Also, because Charlie Sheen and ABC seem like they’d both be extra litigious, I want to go ahead and say that I do not own any part of this interview, I am not getting paid to show the video, and I have no financial interest whatsoever in the video.
Okay, without further ado, here you go:
Man. What a ride, huh? The cigarettes, the crazy eyes, the complete departure from reality…it’s masterful. Did you watch the whole thing? You absolutely should. Remember, this was 10 years ago. Social media wasn’t the cesspool of disinformation it is now. We still had troops in Afghanistan. And because Donald Trump hadn’t been president yet, Charlie Sheen was the most obnoxious person who had ever been on TV up to that point.
The real winners in this whole thing was Twitter and meme culture. For months #winning and #TigerBlood were all the rage. I would look up my old personal tweets from back then, but I’m afraid I will feel super cringey and awkward about it. I was in college but working for a minor league baseball team as part of an internship program when this originally aired in March 2011, and for the remainder of my time with the Frisco RoughRiders you couldn’t walk from your desk to the bathroom without hearing someone say “I’m not bipolar; I’m bi-winning!” Jimmy Fallon did spoofs of it, it was turned into memes, and there was genuine conversation about mental health in the entertainment industry.
Anyhow, happy birthday, Carlos! I hope you’re still out there #winning. I hope you still consider yourself an #Adonis. And most of all, I hope you still hate Two and a Half Men, because that show wasn’t very good. But you really shouldn’t have been so anti-Semitic about Chuck Lorre. Yeah, he makes godawful television like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, but that has nothing to do with his heritage or religion. He seems like a nice guy in interview. But I digress. Happy birthday, Charlie! Or perhaps in your ancestral language, ¡Felicidades, Carlos!