Considering Burt Reynolds is a close friend of Charlie Sheen's father, his recent comments on Sheen's HIV diagnosis are completely shocking. During an interview, he stated that he believes the Two and a Half Men star "deserves" the illness.
Now, wishing a serious illness on anyone is pretty shocking in itself. but to imply someone's lifestyle makes them deserving of a HIV diagnoses is dangerous territory, let alone when that person is the son of a close friend.
"He's getting what he deserves"
Perhaps the former sex symbol's sympathy radar is slightly glitchy, because although he clearly has a low opinion of Charlie, he does have sympathy for Martin. You know, the Sheen who isn't actually suffering from HIV. Talking on British TV chat show Loose Women, he said:
“His father’s a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine. I feel bad for him. But Charlie, I don’t feel bad for him. He’s getting what he deserves. If you’re going to misbehave like that, then they’re going to get you.”
Oh. Dear. You'd think someone as well versed in interviews such as Reynolds, 79, would know when to talk and when to keep his lips firmly closed. When pressed on whether he had sympathy for Charlie, he said:
“No. He deserves it. He misbehaved badly, very badly. But you know, when you’re that age, it’s tough. All those things are coming at you, and it’s difficult.“
"I couldn't believe the level of courage"
Reynolds's views couldn't be further away from Charlie's father's, Martin, who expressed his support and admiration for the way his son tackled the media attention. He said:
"This morning, as I watched him alone, reveal his deepest, darkest secret, I couldn't believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son."
Reynolds's comments come following Charlie Sheen, 50, opening up in November this year, explaining publicly he that had been HIV positive for four years. He had also faced blackmail and extortion, handing out "millions" of dollars to those who knew of his illness.
Source: Daily News