Jon Cryer sparked an unexpected Twitter feud with Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz on Saturday after revealing he had donated to his political rival.
The spitting began on Saturday after Cryer, 55, wiped off Gaetz in a tweet announcing he had donated money to Democrat Phil Ehr.
‘Representative. Matt Gaetz invited a white supremacist to the State of the Union, ”he wrote, referring to alternative right-wing activist Charles C. Johnson.
‘[Matt] attempted to intimidate a federal witness [Michael Cohen], and approved a sociopathic bigot [Laura Loomer] who applauded the deaths of migrants for the congress.
Six hours later, the 38-year-old GOP politician hit back on Twitter with a sharp criticism of Cryer acting career.
“Charlie Sheen was totally carrying two and a half men,” Gaetz, 38, wrote.
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On the explosion: Celebrities have come to the defense of former Two and a Half Men student Jon Cryer (left) after his Twitter tirade against Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (right) on Saturday
Three reasons: The feud was sparked after the 55-year-old New Yorker announced he had donated to Phil Ehrin, the Democratic opponent of the 38-year-old Republican politician.
Cryer and Charlie Sheen, 55, both held lead roles in the hugely popular sitcom Two and a Half Men when it debuted on CBS in 2003.
The award-winning series continued with much of its original cast until 2011, when Sheen was fired for his “dangerously self-defeating conduct”, inflammatory comments about the producers, and because it had become difficult to work with.
Sheen, who was then the highest-paid actor on American television, was admitted to a rehabilitation center. Ashton Kutcher was hired in Sheen’s absence.
Gaetz responded directly to Cryer referring to his former brother on screen: “Charlie Sheen was totally wearing two and a half men”
To that, Jon replied, “Is that why after he left it went on for 4 more years and I won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy? “
In response to Gaetz, Cryer bragged about his praise and noted the success of the franchise after Sheen’s firing temporarily halted production.
“Is that why after he left it went on for another 4 years and I won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy?” wrote Cryer.
In fact, Cryer received two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of struggling chiropractor Alan Harper in all 262 episodes of the 12-year-old sitcom.
Two and a half men: Technically, Cryer received two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of struggling chiropractor Alan Harper in all 262 episodes of the CBS sitcom, which aired for 12 seasons between 2003 and 2015
Cryer added in a separate tweet that his search of Gaetz was not an insult to Sheen or his talent.
“And FWIW, that wasn’t meant to be a slap on Charlie,” Cryer said. ‘
“He was definitely the star of the show. And a fantastic actor. Despite its problems, we have had many more ups than downs.
“But you can’t say he ‘wore’ a show that went on for four years without him.
Gaetz tried to downplay Cryer’s rewards, writing, “What’s an Emmy? A prize that Hollywood gives itself? I win the elections.
The Donald Trump advocate went on to denigrate Jon’s Emmy wins by replying, “What’s an Emmy?” A prize that Hollywood gives itself? I win the elections’
“He was undeniably the star of the series”: Cryer pointed out that Matt “can’t say [Sheen] “Directed” a show that went on for four years without him, but made it clear that he was not downplaying the talents of his disgraced 55-year-old former comrade
The couple’s Twitter argument would eventually tread on social media, prompting other people to defend Cryer.
Comedian Patton Oswalt re-tweeted the feud and hilariously referred to Cryer’s breakout role in 1986 as Philip ‘Duckie’ Dalekie in Pretty in Pink, cracking, “Don’t do it. F ***. With. Duckie.
Star Wars legend Mark Hamill also showed his support for Cryer by re-tweeting the exchange.
“This is the moment when Matt Gaetz decided to show that besides being a loathsome person, he is also a terrible TV critic,” Hamil wrote.
‘Thumbs down. Jon Cryer for the WIN !!! Thumbs up.’
Comedian Patton Oswalt then re-tweeted the feud and hilariously brought up Jon’s breakout role in 1986 as Philip ‘Duckie’ Dalekie in Pretty in Pink, cracking, “Don’t do it. F ***. With. Duck ‘
“Besides being a loathsome person, he’s also a dreadful TV critic”: Star Wars legend Mark Hamill also showed his support for Cryer by re-tweeting the exchange
Cryer – who endorsed John McCain for president in 2008 – will then reprise his recurring role as supervillain Lex Luthor in season six of Supergirl, which will premiere “mid-season 2021” on The CW.
But this isn’t the first time Gaetz has entered a virtual row with a celebrity on Twitter.
In June, he was criticized by Sons of Anarchy actor Ron Perlman “for saying he would rather not have an American football team” than to have a football team that will not represent the national anthem ”.