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Charlie Sheen

Bombed in Detroit

4/3/2011 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen got heavily booed and people walked out of his show in Detroit tonight.

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According to multiple people inside the Fox Theatre ... the majority of the audience heckled not only Charlie, but his buddy Simon Rex, who came out and started rapping.

We're told Charlie started the show with a Q&A session -- answering audience questions about everything from fave porn stars to crack cocaine (see the crack joke here). Then Charlie played clips from a network interview he did and ripped it apart.

At one point, Sheen tried to deflect the angry crowd by pointing out that he had his own app ... and they didn't (see video above).

That went on for about 30 minutes ... and the crowd was initially cheering for Charlie. He even sent out a twitpic of the enthusiastic audience.

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But then the crowd got ugly.

We're told Charlie called on Simon Rex for backup ... sending him on stage to rap -- and when that backfired they played the new track, "Winning" ... which Snoop Dogg recorded for Charlie. 

We're told that got the crowd fired up ... but when neither Snoop nor Charlie came out on stage they started booing again.

At that point most of the crowd started walking out -- and the house lights were turned on.

We're told Charlie did come back on stage briefly and invited the people who stayed to move up closer to the stage ... but then he started complaining about his audio and walked off the stage.

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691.

Tree    

from someone who was there

Charlie Sheen review: An inept performance has his audience baying for human blood

April 3, 2011 | 7:54 am


Charlie Sheen got a lesson in the fickleness of crowds Saturday night. While doing his best to cash in on his recent cult with the launch of his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not an Option Show," he tried to position himself as a folk hero of freedom. Unfortunately for him the audience that turned out at the Fox Theatre in Detroit took him at his word: They felt free to boo him off the stage.

Admittedly, this was one tough house. The warm-up act, some lanky, underwhelming comic named Kurt Fox, could barely finish a joke amid all the hoots and jeers. Sheen had to come out and ask the audience to cut the poor guy some slack. But there was no one to fly to his rescue once it was clear that the ex-star of "Two and a Half Men" had no ability as a live performer.

Honesty is Sheen's touted value, so here goes: He didn’t bring the goods, and no amount of pandering to the spectators with his you-and-me against-the-trolls malarkey could convince them otherwise. The Malibu messiah’s stab at demagoguery died a quick and not entirely painless death.

He flashed video clips from the “20/20” interview. He brandished the “warlock,” “tiger blood” and “duh” catch phrases his people have been slapping on merchandise. He offered an incoherent rant from a presidential-style podium. He even tried to hide behind film montages and more video. But the aging Hollywood pretty boy was not only defeated by the uncontrollable nature of theater — he was running scared.
What did anyone expect? Doubtlessly, there were a few looking forward to seeing a mental case unspool. (Before we judge our own moment too harshly, let’s not forget that asylums were once tourist attractions.) My head spun around when someone cried out for Sheen to kill himself onstage. (Probably the same species of nut job that buys a ticket to “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” in the hope of seeing an actor break his neck.)

But most of those in attendance — largely white, slightly more male than female, the majority seemingly under 40 — fought their own incredulity: Did he actually think he could get away with serving them this cruddy potluck, even with "the Goddesses" on hand to assist him?

Techno-seduction was clearly the wrong tactic for such a blue-collar bastion. The Charlie Sheen app that supposedly brings you inside his mind — naturally called “the MaSheen” — was projected on a screen with a menu of options intended to structure the evening, but this narcissistic shtick fizzled. (Too bad there wasn’t a self-eject button.) Likewise, the Twitter banter — about how many followers he had amassed and his need to live Tweet his "Sheenius" — seemed like nothing more than self-advertising.

The atmosphere at times approached that of a professional wrestling match. Sheen was torn between offense and defense. He taunted the hecklers that he already had their dough. But then he pleaded for softer treatment, reminding them that they gave their “hard-earned money without knowing what this show was all about.”

Sheen thrives on opposition, but how do you maintain your aggressive, pseudo-populist stance when the antagonist isn’t a studio chieftain or a holier-than-thou TV reporter but an army of working stiffs? The rebel yell inevitably became a schoolmarmish rebuke. Yes, my friends, the man who bragged about “banging seven-gram rock” chided the audience for being disruptive. Nothing apparently gets this wild child more steamed than a roomful of people all talking at the same time.

The funniest line all night came from someone seated behind me who hollered at the top of his lungs that the show had scared him straight. From now on, he promised, he would just say “no!” Clearly, for him, Sheen’s act was a “this is your brain on drugs” object lesson.

It’s a pity Sheen’s commentary wasn’t as witty. Improvisation, alas, is not one of the warlock’s gifts. Without a workable script, or an interviewer (either kowtowing like CNN’s Piers Morgan or sneering like ABC’s Andrea Canning), he’s completely at sea. Short on patter, he kept praising Detroit to the hilt, but Motor City denizens know when they’re being conned. And the anger that audibly erupted when Sheen, in a last-ditch effort at bonding, proposed swapping crack stories was a credit to this town.

The humiliation, however, wasn’t easy to watch. It’s one thing to read about the missteps of the rich and famous; it’s another to see a celebrity fall flat on his face in front of several thousand people. Rage, Sheen’s default mode, wasn’t an option. The fed-up hordes at the sold-out Fox would have trampled him. The indulgent love of his fans had transformed into deep distrust, if not disgust. The outlaw was revealed to be a spoiled brat.

The audible mockery directed at him was having an effect. Flushed with embarrassment, Sheen suggested, like a cool kid suddenly getting picked on in gym class, that it was time for a break. “You need someone else's genius for a few minutes,” he said after floundering with questions from the audience. Some rapper marched out and futilely tried to shift the mood. Then a video of the new Snoop Dogg-Charlie Sheen single was shown, but by this time the head-shaking exodus was in full flow.

Still, many of us waited patiently in our seats for Sheen to return. He never did. The houselights came up. A stranger asked, “Is this really it?” Resignation was unavoidable. What had we witnessed? Sheen's psychiatric exhibitionism had morphed into something more embarrassing: a theatrical meltdown. This torpedo of truth wasn’t what anyone expected.

— Charles McNulty in Detroit

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692.

ksis    

I understand some people bought tickets just to see him and probably expected nothing and don't care that he sucked but those of you that paid expecting to be entertained should be pissed. You should be pissed that this multi millionaire took advantage of you and took your hard earned money and then mocked you for spending it on a ticket to see him. For the life of me, I do not understand why people keep enabling these type of celebrities to just get richer and richer off of your backs. How many of us make millions a week and then publicly insult our bosses and would not expect to be fired, how many of us can admit to doing scores of drugs and not get arrested, how many of us have an ex that would allow us to have porn stars and drug addicts living in our home and then allow our children to visit? Charlie Sheen is a human being, he is not special, he is not a hero, he is a person being paid tons of money to read a script. I bet there were more REAL heros in that audience last night that are much more deserving of the money he made off the backs of hard working people.

Posted at 12:35 PM on Apr 3, 2011 by Kathyo

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They had no right to expect anything more but seeing him and listening to him talk. Nothing more has ever been promised. If they are dumb as dirt, then this is on them.

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693.

angeleyes    

Hey ksis you like Charlie and defend him - I get that - He's probably a very likeable guy - and Sure I agree he has the right to be whatever he wants to be and say whatever he wants to say - Well every action has a reaction - Call your boss down publicly and you will likely get fired - So that's the price you pay for your rebellion.
Do I get why this show tour got hastily assembled - sure - He has a big "nut" to cover with his lifestyle choices and suddenly his cash flow was severly shortened.
I have no expectations for either his shows, his rantings or book or whatever means he finds to support his lifestyle choices -
My primary dislike for the man comes from his entitlement issues - to me he has none - and I am as entitled to my opinion as you are - what he does with his life - how he spends his time and money don't affect me either way - The only "truth" here is that he shot himself in the foot with a bad attitude about his employers and has been ranting and whining about it ever since. Attracted by the "trainwreck" we rush to watch and our right to comment our opinions is the one he gives us by being public with his life.

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694.

Doug    

I have 4 apps in the appstore. And I wrote them myself. So not sure what Charlie is talking about.

1270 days ago
695.

Brad Wyman    

It's news to me - this is Brad Wyman - check your sources TMZ

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696.

sunshinerad    

Each and every last person who went to that is a retard.

1270 days ago
697.

ksis    

Hey ksis you like Charlie and defend him - I get that - He's probably a very likeable guy - and Sure I agree he has the right to be whatever he wants to be and say whatever he wants to say - Well every action has a reaction - Call your boss down publicly and you will likely get fired - So that's the price you pay for your rebellion.
Do I get why this show tour got hastily assembled - sure - He has a big "nut" to cover with his lifestyle choices and suddenly his cash flow was severly shortened.
I have no expectations for either his shows, his rantings or book or whatever means he finds to support his lifestyle choices -
My primary dislike for the man comes from his entitlement issues - to me he has none - and I am as entitled to my opinion as you are - what he does with his life - how he spends his time and money don't affect me either way - The only "truth" here is that he shot himself in the foot with a bad attitude about his employers and has been ranting and whining about it ever since. Attracted by the "trainwreck" we rush to watch and our right to comment our opinions is the one he gives us by being public with his life.

Posted at 12:42 PM on Apr 3, 2011 by angeleyes

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I might surprise you. Before this whole thing started I was pretty indifferent towards Charlie, so I am not some kind of a crazy groupie. I liked TAAHM, but that's about it.
This isn't about Charlie as an actor or celebrity for me. What happened, is that two months ago I got interested in all the hoopla, and I started LISTENING to the guy. And I started follwing the case closely, because I saw that many of the points that he was making, I actually believe in in my own life.
I look past the fact that he has more money than I will ever see, lives in a big house and no matter how bad things will go for him, he will probably never have to worry about what to put in his plate. I am simply LISTENING what he is saying and I like his view on life.
And because I did follow it closely, I know that his firing had nothing to do with his lifestyle? Why? Because his lifestyle was way worse back in 2009, when he was charged with domestic abuse, and WB gave him a RAISE and two year contract.
And it also had nothing to do with him attacking his bosses, because by not preparing any scripts when he was scheduled to come back to work (and thatwas BEFORE any attack from Charlie), they showed that they were planning to axe TAAHM. Why? The jury is still out on that one.
Another thing...I have always been the kind of person who roots for the underdog. The more someone gets attacked on the message board, the more I want to defend him. How much easier it would be for me to diappear from here after yesterday. Well, NO FREAKING WAY.
All in all...I don't know him personally, but I got to know him through his interviews, and through follwing his history. Adding two and two together. That's why I care what happens to HIM. Not what happens to his show.
And yes, you have every right to your opinion, and I will gladly debate ANY opinion as long as it's presented to me without name calling and personal insults:)

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698.

Kathyo    

They had no right to expect anything more but seeing him and listening to him talk. Nothing more has ever been promised. If they are dumb as dirt, then this is on them.

Posted at 12:41 PM on Apr 3, 2011 by ksis

I guess I kind of agree with the part that they had no right to expect anything more than seeing him and listening to him, but what makes them dumb as dirt?....paying for the ticket or expecting more? The fact is there were people that were expecting more and he did promise more and they should be pissed but in reality, Charlie really did nothing more than capitalize on all the attention he was getting and the fact that 3 million people signed up to follow him on twitter and I do think anyone who bought a ticket expecting to get anything more than what they got was fooling themselves. I do think Charlie is a HUGE hypocrite and an arrogant jerk but I guess it's not his fault if people are willing to pay to see him.

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699.

ksis    

@Kathyo

Well, actually yes, because when you decide you are goona pay for something, and you have high expectations for no reason at all, then the joke is really on you when you get disappointed.
People wanted to see Charlie as someone that he is not. As a stand up comedian, or a singer, maybe dancer. Who knows. Some wanted to see Snoop. They should have bought the ticket to his concert then.
The fact that NOW they are angry at Charlie, is acting DUMB, imo. Not to mention with no class or respect.

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700.

Kathyo    

Hey Ksis,
Regarding your response to POST 782, I started out like you, actually kind of understanding his side especially when it came to the show and his personal life but a major part where he lost me was his total lack of concern for his children and what all of his rants and craziness would mean to his spending time with them. As a mom, I would do ANYTHING to protect my children. Even if everything he said and did in all those interviews was an "ACT", it created such a negative perception about him, how could he think for one minute that any responsible judge would allow him to be around his kids and in my opinion, his kids and his family should have been his very first priority, not his torpedos of truth and arrogance and outright nastiness and machete wielding, drug using, porn stars in your face lifestyle. He has never been a consistent presence in any of his kids lives and suddenly, they became props in his life to try and give him credibility and this just part of the reason I find him to be a huge hypocrite.

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701.

The Real Victim    

PRACTICE is Not an Option Tour!

1270 days ago
702.

ksis    

Hey Ksis,
Regarding your response to POST 782, I started out like you, actually kind of understanding his side especially when it came to the show and his personal life but a major part where he lost me was his total lack of concern for his children and what all of his rants and craziness would mean to his spending time with them. As a mom, I would do ANYTHING to protect my children. Even if everything he said and did in all those interviews was an "ACT", it created such a negative perception about him, how could he think for one minute that any responsible judge would allow him to be around his kids and in my opinion, his kids and his family should have been his very first priority, not his torpedos of truth and arrogance and outright nastiness and machete wielding, drug using, porn stars in your face lifestyle. He has never been a consistent presence in any of his kids lives and suddenly, they became props in his life to try and give him credibility and this just part of the reason I find him to be a huge hypocrite.

Posted at 1:16 PM on Apr 3, 2011 by Kathyo

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I agree that some of the things he said and did at the beginning might have created problems regarding his kids, and he knows that too. That's why now, he keeps his mouth shut about any kind of custody agreement that he has with Brooke.
At first he was pissed off and very much enraged, imo. Passion, as he called it, is not always a good advisor.
However, I don't think that he is the worst parent alive, and deserves to have his kids taken away. I look at the bigger picture here. Inwhat universe, for instance, is Brooke a better parent? Wasn't she abusing alcohol while pregnant? Didn't she have a relapse not long ago? So just because she is not ranting publically, she has a right to take the kids away from him in the middle of the night? And all that restarining order was nothing but a joke, as a few weeks earlier she was on her way to the Bahamas with her "abuser" and his two lovers. Does that make her a credible person? Not to me.
Charlie knows what kind of person he is and he knows that being a full time parent is not really for him. That's why he willingly gave the custody of Sam and Lola to Denise. That's why he said that he would give the custody of Bob and Max to Brooke IF he knew that they were safer there than with him.
But still he has a right to spend time with his children and their mothers have no moral right to keep them from him.
The man is working ion himself now, and trying to change his life around. He deserves a chance. And NO,I am not talking about this show.
Glad there is someone with opposing view who can discuss things respectfully. Thank you for that:)

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703.

Nevil .V.    

WELL, I like charlie,and may do, I think its Sad you all have nothing better to do then bash him, hes a millionare you all are not, go Charlie!!!!!!!

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704.

ghfghfg    

that looks like an hour long awckward moment

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705.

wade    

they should have just gave him his own late night talk show and let him rant at the guest..... LOSINGG

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