April 4th, 2012 by faye
Lee Aronsohn, co-creator of the hit TV show “Two and a Half Men,” made some deriding statements in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Aronsohn was referring to the current status of comedies on television which are dominated by women characters.
According to reports, the 60-year-old producer said that he is not a fan of the recent “boom” of women-centric shows, saying, “Enough ladies, I get it. You have periods,” he said. “But we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”
Lee Aronsohn continued, telling conference attendees that he didn’t feel bad about how his show presents its female characters:
“Two and a Half Men” is known for its less-than-flattering portrayals of women. 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.”
The blunt comments of Lee Aronsohn provoked a backlash on Twitter. After the interview went up online, actress Martha Plimpton responded by tweeting: “Um, Lee, women are 51% of the population & a coveted demographic for advertisers. What are you thinking?”
TV producer Lee Aronsohn later apologized for his comments and wrote via Twitter: “Yes, yes – it was a stupid joke. I’m sorry.”