One of my favourite April Fools “jokes” (by which I mean the only one I found mildly amusing) was this, from the HuffPo:
After wowing audiences in “Bridesmaids” and all but taking over television comedy in 2011, women have decided that they will no longer be funny….”We had a good run, but it’s time to move on,” said women in a statement released this morning…Sources close to women say that the decision was based on several factors, not the least of which is “just being over it.”
Would that the following was also an April fool.
Besides, 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.”
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,” he conceded. “I’m the last person to judge.”
Someone’s a fool, but it’s not April.
I’ve never regularly watched Two and a Half Men. But the times I have seen it, it struck me as misogynist, homophobic, and overwhelmingly white. Female characters seem to be either Slut or Shrew, male characters are either Lovable Stud or Lovable loser. It’s horrendous.
Which is not to say Two Broke Girls is better. The one time I watched it, I was aghast at an astoundlingly offensive rape joke. “Rapists don’t knock and wave. And if they looked like [insert generic good-looking white guy], we wouldn’t call them rapists”.
But come on. We’re reaching labia saturation? FFS. We get articles every month about how women aren’t funny. Women are massively unrepresented in entertainment, to say nothing of women of colour, or lesbian, bi, or trans women. Or fat women or disabled women, or brunettes.
And actually, I am willing to bet Two and a Half Men has done its fair share of period jokes. Just they’d be of the “is it that time of the month, bitchy, whiny woman” ilk.
We wonder why there are no accurate, empowering, interesting portrayals of women? Because fuckknuckles like this are the ones who control the system. And I despair of it.
Oh, and Lee? Just because you’ve never had your heart broken by a man? Doesn’t mean there aren’t dudes who have.