Looks like Two and a Half Men is looking to go out with a big bang. In an unexpected move by CBS, the network announced that the show made famous by Charlie Sheen, will air a “gay wedding” between Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer), with Walden proposing to Alan after a health scare.
Now before you think you’ve entered into a fantasy episode of Two and a Half Men let us explain. TV Linegot the scoop on the big episode, and in a way, it kind of makes sense given the character arc they’re giving for Walden as the show closes out.
At the TCA summer press tour CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler told the press about the wedding between the two men.
“Walden is going to have a major health scare and it is going to give him a bit of an existential crisis. He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life, so he decides he wants to adopt a child. And in doing so, he starts the process and he realizes that it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man.”
That’s where the wedding comes in. The chairman explained:
“So once and for all, he decides, ‘I’m going to propose to Alan. We’re going to get married and adopt a child as a gay couple.’”
Considering Two and a Half Men is a sitcom, and the character of Walden’s journey as a young girl crazy tech whiz; we can see how this might be offensive to the LGBT community. Gay weddings for cheap laughs concerning a very real issue is dicey, but according to Tassler she thinks this new arc is, “a very positive statement.”
Despite thinking it’s going to be a positive story line for Kutcher’s Walden, people have already started the backlash on social media since the news broke out.
There are many same sex couples hoping to get married, hoping to adopt, and Two and a Half Men will shit on them http://t.co/Bh8CmLqHhF
— Gil Almogi (@gilmeansjoy) July 17, 2014
As for GLAAD they haven’t commented on the story line per se but instead the president Sarah Kate Ellis did have this to say:
“We hope the show will acknowledge not only the progress made in acceptance of gay and lesbian couples, but also the fact that — in many areas of the country — same-sex couples are often under greater scrutiny or still barred from adoption options that straight couples have.”
Do you think Two and a Half Men should air a gay wedding?
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