Jenny McCarthy definitely has an awful lot to say about Charlie Sheen’s HIV diagnosis. According to E!, McCarthy opened up about the double standards that exist in Hollywood.
McCarthy revealed that if you’re in Hollywood and working, you have to sign an agreement stating if you have cold sores or not. The former co-host of The View then says that she doesn’t understand why if she had to disclose that, then why didn’t Charlie Sheen have to disclose his HIV diagnosis sooner?
Of her time on the set of Two and a Half Men, McCarthy said, “Being on Two and a Half Men myself and being on the show and playing a love interest you would think there would be some type of—I don’t want to say—criminal issue but I don’t even know how to feel about that. That could’ve been some valuable information.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 18, 2015
Apparently, Jenny McCarthy skipped out on health class during school, as HIV can’t be contracted through casual body contact. McCarthy doesn’t explain the ways you can contract HIV, but she did go on to say that she’s STD phobic because of her son Evan.
“I’m STD-phobic because of all the stuff with Evan’s health.”
And although she said that she sympathizes with Charlie Sheen, she held strong in her belief that the star needed to apologize and take accountability.
“I have sympathy for him because he’s sick and it’s awful, but man he’s going to have to take major accountability for many people in his life.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Charlie Sheen went on the TODAY show to disclose his HIV status after allegedly being extorted for over $10 million dollars by people he thought he could trust. He had tried to stop many people from going to the press with the news of his HIV status, but the National Enquirer was allegedly going to run a story whether or not he came out publicly.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 18, 2015
Charlie Sheen may not be receiving the kind of support that’s helpful from his former co-star, but he is receiving it from his father Martin Sheen. As the Inquisitr reported earlier, Mr. Sheen attended the CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference and shared a few words about his son’s struggle to open up about his diagnosis.
“He had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it. He kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess.”
“It was the most difficult thing he’d ever done. And he kind of sealed it when he called Matt Lauer last week and asked if he could go on.”
Of witnessing his son’s strength, Sheen said, “I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son. I left him a message, and I said that if I had that much courage, I would change the world.”
Sheen has had a lot history of HIV activism. In 1988 he was open about talking about the growing stigma, back when people were still very fearful about the specifics regarding the disease. During the AIDS epidemic, Sheen said that he didn’t know of anyone in his profession that wasn’t affected by the “dreadful disease.”
At the time, he criticized a report that had said you can contract HIV from casual body contact. He said the report, “takes us back to square one. It’s feeding paranoia and fear. It is very dangerous and counterproductive.”
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