Stars React To Charlie Sheen HIV — See Celebrity Twitter Reaction
As Gossip Cop reported earlier, Gaga posted a screengrab from Sheen’s “Today” interview on Instagram, writing, “#BraveCharlie.” But even before the actor sat down with Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning to confess he is HIV-positive, he was receiving support from a former colleague. “Spin City” co-star Heather Locklear wrote on Instagram, “My heart hurts. Prayers for Charlie and his family.”
Piers Morgan also commended Sheen for his interview, tweeting, “Bravo @charliesheen – that took guts today. Proud to be your mate.” “Today” anchor Al Roker shared a photo he took with Sheen in the morning show’s studio. He went on write, “Good on @charliesheen. Tough road but he is taking the first steps. Here’s to his and his loved ones emotional & physical health.”
Some other stars were concerned with how Sheen’s situation prompted offensive comments on Twitter. Gabrielle Union retweeted a message from AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent that read, “Please remember before you make jokes about Charlie Sheen on your timeline, there are others living with HIV/AIDS that follow you.”
SiriusXM Radio Andy host Bevy Smith sent a number of tweets about Sheen, including, “People praising Charlie Sheen… he only came out because he was being blackmailed & the National Enquirer was about to BREAK the story.” She further argued, “I’m not saying that it was right that CHARLIE SHEEN was forced into disclosing his status, only that him doing so doesn’t make him a HERO.”
Marc Lamont Hill, host of BET News, offered a different perspective. “I don’t have any opinions about Charlie Sheen’s personal choices. I don’t have enough info or interest. But this public disclosure was hard,” he tweeted, going on to tell a follower, “My sympathy doesn’t hinge on his race or wealth status. I pray for him, his partners, and his family.”
“I think sometimes y’all forget these celebrities are still people. Charlie Sheen just told the world of his HIV status. That’s not hard?” asked Hill. “I keep thinking about how the world mocked Charlie Sheen when he had his ‘celebrity meltdown.’ I can’t imagine what he was going through.”
Stephen King also poignantly tweeted, “Thought of a quote preceding THE CUCKOO’S CALLING when reading about Charlie Sheen:’Unhappy is he whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.'” Gossip Cop will continue to have updates. TELL US: What do you think of the various takes on Sheen’s HIV confession?