The latest crop of new network sitcoms from the past year or so feature a whole lot that are female-fronted, from Whitney and Two Broke Girls to Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23 and BFFs. It's great, right? They're all very different shows that have little in common other than the gender of their lead actors, offering up different things to different audiences while making the TV comedy landscape more representative of the actual population. You'd have to be kind of a misogynist dirtbag to make sweeping, negative generalizations about that, right? Enter Two and a Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn:
"Enough ladies. I get it. You have periods," Aronsohn commented.
He applauded women like Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey securing a voice to discuss formerly taboo subjects on TV.
"But we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation," he added.
The current female TV boom contrasts with Two and a Half Men mostly portraying women as bimbos, something Aronsohn isn't about to apologize for.
“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,” Aronsohn earlier told the Toronto conference during a keynote address.
Later, he clarified by insisting he was hardly one to take the moral high ground.
"We do far too many fart jokes on Two and a Half Men. I’m the last person to judge," he conceded.
He's right! I too am sick of all the period-related plotlines that Tina Fey is always forcing on us in 30 Rock. And who can forget the Parks and Rec story arc about Leslie's vagina?
The fact that a guy responsible for one of the most repetitive, one-note sitcoms on TV is accusing any and all female-lead sitcoms of being repetitive and one-note is ridiculous. It's as if he's surprised that shows starring women will actually be about women. It must be disconcerting for him to see women on TV who aren't just there to react to meathead male characters after nine seasons of propagating just that with Two and a Half Men.
Enough Lee. I get it. You fart and like boobs. But we’re approaching peak penis on television, the point of boner saturation.