Sheen for GWU, a group of George Washington University students that recently launched a campaign to get actor Charlie Sheen to speak at the 2012 graduation ceremony, released an official public statement Friday on why they’re attempting to get the troubled former “Two and a Half Men” star to deliver the keynote address.
The group emailed The Daily Caller the official statement, which lists 2.5 reasons why Sheen for GWU members want Sheen to speak at graduation:
1. He is an unemployed winner. And unless the job market miraculously picks up, we too will be unemployed winners.
2. He gives sage advice: “Look at [my] experiences. Look at what [I] survived. There are some of your lessons, but the real lessons are going to be in the future.”
The statement notes last year’s speaker, first lady Michelle Obama and this year’s upcoming speaker, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“To clarify, we are not suggesting that Michelle Obama or Michael Bloomberg, whom we have the utmost respect for, are inadequate speakers,” says the statement. “However, after four (or more) years of learning at GWU, it is unreasonable to presume that a speech will change our post-graduation plans.”
The statement adds that the graduating class would gain something new from Sheen, who has recently made headlines for ending the current season of “Two and a Half Men,” speaking disparagingly of former boss Chuck Lorre, partying with porn stars, getting his sons taken away from him, and his January drug binge.
“Why must we suffer through the formulaic commencement speech? Why not hear from a man who has known both the sweet tastes of success and sour bite of failure,” says the statement. “His methods of delivery may be somewhat unconventional, but it’s precisely that which will grab the attentions of our attention deficient generation.”
The group says times have changed and George Washington University is a different place now than it was in the 1800s.
“The world is not the same as it was in 1824, at GWU’s first commencement ceremony where President Monroe, John C. Calhoun, and Henry Clay were in attendance,” the statement says. “Then, students read newspapers, now we read newsfeeds – admittedly, a sad yet undeniable truth.”
Sheen for GWU says their mission will pay homage to the university community.
“This social media rally is truly a testament to the GWU school spirit, to the buff and blue blood that courses through our veins,” the statement reads. “We are a campus united by beliefs, values, and goals and together we stand behind a common cause: Charlie Sheen for Commencement Speaker GWU 2012.”