'Two and a Half Men' Co-Creator Under Fire for Comments on Female-Focused Comedies NY Times
The co-creator of CBS’s hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men" is under fire from some in the television industry after making the suggestion that there are too many comedies focused on women protagonists, reports The New York Times' ArtsBeat.
Lee Aronsohn, appearing at a screenwriting conference, said, "Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods," according to the article. He added: “We’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation," the piece adds.
He was rebuked by performers including Martha Plimpton, a co-star of the Fox comedy series "Raising Hope," who wrote on Twitter, "Um, Lee, women are 51% of the population & a coveted demographic for advertisers. What are you thinking?”
She added, "“The rise of female writers and performers in television is a result of demand. So we’re taking our place at the creative table.”
Other rebukes came from Lizz Winstead, a creator of "The Daily Show," and Nancy Franklin, the former television critic for the New Yorker, the story says.
Aronsohn responded on Twitter by writing, "Women, please look up ‘irony.’” He noted he has “made a career out of” jokes about male anatomy even as he was “complaining about vaginas. See what I did there?," according to the story.
The post is no longer on his Twitter page, the story adds.
Aronsohn and Chuck Lorre are the co-creators of “Two and a Half Men.”