D-Bag of the Day: Lee Aronsohn

In case you haven’t heard, Lee Aronsohn, creator of that gem of a television show Two and a Half Men, recently had the following to say about ladies on TV in an interview withThe Hollywood Reporter:

Aronsohn isn’t a fan of the current crop of female-centered comedies such as Whitney and 2 Broke Girls.
“Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods,” he said.
Aronsohn 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 said.
The current boom in female-centric TV contrasts with Two and a Half Men mostly portraying women as bimbos, something Aronsohn isn’t about to apologize for.
“Screw it,” Aronsohn earlier told the Toronto conference during a keynote address. “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.”

And then Jezebel said it perfectly:

HAHAHA. LOLOLOL. Shut up about your fucking period already, says the human wank stain that’s bravely been giving a comedic outlet to the poor disenfranchised white man for the past nine years. We should be making jokes about the size of our tits, which, by the way, we can peak all we want. DROOOOOL HUBBA HUBBA. Or gay people. Really, it doesn’t matter what we talk about just as long as it’s accessible by average, gross white dudes and has nothing to do with our actual emotional and physical lives.

Buuugh. I hate this guy. Firstly for putting Two and a Half Men on the air, and second for this. Shows have been dominated by white men for as long as I can remember. All of a sudden, we have a couple of popular shows with press about women and now you’re oversaturated? What’s your limit? 30 seconds of some bimbo having sex with Charlie Sheen? Ughhhhh.

But I’m so glad that people are mad about this. Jen Kirkman has started a Twitter campaign and everyone is outraged. Woo-hoo!

Sadly, though, I’m sure many chauvinistic people agree with Aronsohn. How do we stop this from continually happening? If you ask me, the answer is this: to get our society to understand that female characters are just that – characters. They have flaws, and strengths. Women should be written just as fleshed out, just as vital, to a storyline as a man is with the same complexities and background writers pour into male characters. BECAUSE WOMEN ARE PEOPLE, TOO. And they deserve TV shows just as much as “damaged” men do. What do you guys think?