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R.I.P. Charlie Sheen’s “Winning”

Kelly Conaboy | June 7, 2012 - 11:45 am

It may seem odd because the phrase has become such a central part of all of our collective hearts + brains, but it was just a little over a year ago that we were introduced to the concept of “winning.” (Also when we were introduced to so many other great concepts, like the concept of “fools and trolls” and the concept of “I dare anyone to debate me on things.”) (Really just all the great concepts.) It’s hard to imagine a life when “#winning” did not exist. How did we end our tweets about when we spilled coffee on our work pants? How did we end our tweets about when we lost our cell phones AGAIN? Who knows. Our society will be indebted to #winning forever. But there is one man trying to rob the phrase of all of its original (sad, scary, for sure misguided, super sad, VERY funny) intent– the author of “winning” himself, star of FX’s Anger Management: Charlie Sheen. From Rolling Stone:

Clearly, a guy gets fired, his relationships are in the toilet, he’s off on some fucking tour, there’s nothing ‘winning’ about any of that. I mean, how does a guy who’s obviously quicksanded, how does he consider any of it a victory? I was in total denial.

Noooooooooooooo! Don’t take it back now, I don’t think the phrase has even been used in a Scary Movie yet but correct me if I’m wrong nooooooooooo! Obviously, this is a big day for all of us. No one is going to argue about how big of a day this is — the day that Charlie Sheen came to his senses about “winning” in promotion of his new hit FX show Anger Management with the clear manager-sculpted hope of distancing himself from that time a year ago when he was a legitimately insane and abusive person with a for sure drug, etc. problem — because we all understand how big of a day it is: a very big day. R.I.P. “Winning.” Long live FX’s Anger Management. #foolsandtrolls