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Too Many Women on TV, Says “Two and a Half Men” Creator

Too Many Women on TV, Says “Two and a Half Men” Creator

2.5 men, but certainly no women! Lee Aronsohn, co-creator of the top-rated sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” is facing criticism following some misogynist comments he made at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference yesterday. While on stage, Aronsohn expressed distaste for the many female-led comedies on television, saying, “We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”

Calling out shows like “Whitney” and “2 Broke Girls,” which happens to lead into his own show, specifically, Aronsohn added, “Enough, ladies, I get it, you have periods.” Despite his assertions, the percentage of female characters actually dropped last year to 41%. Furthermore, women comprise only 15% of television writers, meaning that anyone who is writing hackneyed period jokes is probably a man.

“Two and a Half Men” was previously the target of feminist ire when its former star, Charlie Sheen, faced allegations of abusing women, among a variety of other claims. Some would argue that “Two and a Half Men,” which has been accused of over-sexualizing its female characters, is more responsible for reducing women to vaginas than sitcoms with female leads. On the subject of his show’s own unflattering portrayal of women, Aronsohn shrugs off the criticism, saying, “Screw it. We’re centering the show on two very damaged men. What makes men damaged? Sorry, it’s women. I never got my heart broken by a man.”

In the past, Aronsohn has not exhibited nearly as much hostility toward women on television, particularly while writing for female-helmed sitcoms like ”Murphy Brown,” “Cybill” and “Grace Under Fire.”

For anyone still interested in watching the show, Aronsohn also announced that the show’s new star, Ashton Kutcher, is willing to return for another season, provided that he is able to reach a successful contract negotiation with CBS. If Aronsohn had his way, CBS could always let go of some unnecessary female stars to free up enough cash to pay Kutcher’s salary.

Celebrities like Martha Plimpton, star of “Raising Hope,” have taken to Twitter to speak out against Aronsohn’s sexist charges. “The rise of female writers and performers in television is a result of demand,” Plimpton wrote before making a joke about her own vagina’s “peak.”

Realizing that he was in hot water for his comments, Aronsohn later acknowledged, “We do too many fart jokes on Two and a Half Men. I’m the last person to judge.” Today he also Tweeted, saying, “Yes, yes – it was a stupid joke. I’m sorry.” Anyone who has seen an episode of “Two and a Half Men” might be inclined to find his “stupid joke” excuse believable.

 

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12:36PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:43AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Well, I do enjoy the show. It's a comedy and I don't take it seriously enough to base my sociologic beliefs on. After all, Charlie Sheen's character is such a loser, one would be an idiot to take him for a role model.

11:50PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

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3:59AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

ps: I have always enjoyed Two and a Half Men. Both with Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher. Its a comedy of errors and if the people in it were not flawed, it probably wouldn't be very funny. And it is very very funny.

3:57AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Actually, women are partially responsible for damaged men.... Specifically, the mothers of those men. And the fathers of those men are equally responsible as well. These men are not nurtured well and thus are "damaged" from the get go. This illustrates why it is so important to have reproductive freedom and the ability to avoid bearing children if you do not want them. People who do not want children do not make good parents and if forced to become parents because they do not have access to birth control or abortion, they raise both males and females who are unwanted and not valued and who grow up to be "damaged" men and women.
These "damaged" men and women are not taught to pick suitable mates who value them, so they then keep picking mates based on looks or money alone without regard to substance or personality and, of course, keep getting their hearts broken. So these men(women) need to eventually wake up and start taking responsibility for the fact that they are the ones picking the people that break their hearts.

Bottom line GIGO (unwanted unvalued children have a high risk of becoming damaged unhappy adults like Lee Aronsohn. If Lee Aronsohn was bisexual, he would dislike men as much as he does women)

12:50AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I think there are exactly two and a half men(sic) too many on TV ...oops make that 31/2 as the writer himself has to be included.The show definitely has no other purpose than to show their immaturity! Garbage!!

5:46AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Sitcoms are supposed to relieve the stress of everyday life. After the rigors of a hard day's work including unfriendly commuting back & forth, it is very relaxing to just go home & relax with your kids & spouse & just laugh at your television. Just get away from life for a while. Watching serious shows add more stress. I personally do not watch the news. It is too real & propaganda-ish especially after a work day. I really dont want to be bombarded by pain & anger & hate when I arrive home on evenings. I go home to unwind. (Actually, when I get home I usually rush back out to play some basketball but after that it is all about relaxation). So a good sitcom really works...or a good comedy or action movie.

Right now the sitcom I watch most is Last Man Standing (probably the only new sitcom I watch other than old reruns). I am a fan of Tim Allen. But this sitcom also follows the usual trend. A man with several women in his life being bashed by these women. Every episode is about how these women get over him. Another old sitcom I like is Married with Children. Same plot. Even the 'very stupid girl' in this movie is shown to get over the male. How about Everybody hates Chris? Same plot. And we can go down the list of sitcoms. All have the same plot. One or 2 males making dumb decisions & a smart woman saying "I told you so". I totally agree with Arohsohn.

8:01AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

I really don't care much for sitcoms at all--- but they are not nearly as bad as so called reality shows. I find it very sad and distubing that people seem to enjoy watching such garbage that usually dipicts most ot the "stars" as idiots with low or no morales. I dont' find any of it "funny".

5:09AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Fred said

"They should make a sitcom about a smart woman and her idiot husband, or maybe a smart woman and her idiot ex-husband. Oh, wait a minute. I just described about 100 other sitcoms. Never mind."

I so much agree with you. That was my point earlier. Why is it that every sitcom or tv show always show the male in the negative light & the female as the smart, intelligent part of the relationship who shows up the stupid man? C'mon, these tv shows need to get real & stop trying to brainwash people. Can you imagine the stink that women would make if a tv show came out showing the reverse?

12:01PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

The comedy itself bothers me not since I don't even own a TV set. What bothers me is that this supposedly intellectually evolved adult could utter such a disgusting biased words in public without blushing.
How uncivilized! I think I'll pass any "artistic" production that team may participate in. I'm not "high brow", but there is a level under which I refuse to stoop.

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