Prolific producer Chuck Lorre apologized for calling “The Bachelor” an “idiotic game show.”
This latest story about the outspoken producer of three CBS comedies — “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly” — stems from his propensity for getting things off his chest in lengthy diatribes he writes and then posts in the end credits of his TV shows.
These pieces of writing are so long that it is impossible to digest them (or even read them) in the split-second in which they appear on-screen. They’re part of the so-called “vanity cards” tacked on to the end of his shows that identify his company, Chuck Lorre Productions, as the producer of the shows.
But there are those who record and freeze-frame the images to see what’s on Lorre’s mind each week. In addition, he himself posts them for all the world to see on a Web site he set up just to showcase his “vanity card” rants — ChuckLorre.com.
A few weeks ago, in one of these vanity cards, he laid into “The Bachelor,” calling the long-running ABC hit “idiotic” in the context of a comment he wrote in support of gay marriage. “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?” he wrote in the “card,” which appeared following last week’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
Incredibly, a backlash erupted on Twitter as producers from “The Bachelor” laid into Lorre, according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site.
So, this week — at the end of Thursday night’s “Big Bang” episode on CBS — Lorre took up the topic again in order to clarify his anti-“Bachelor” remarks (or so it seemed). “I need to apologize,” Lorre wrote here.
While saying he was sorry, however, it’s also possible that his “apology” was, at least in part, tongue-in-cheek, if not blatantly sarcastic.
You be the judge — here’s the rest of it: “In an earlier vanity card,” he wrote. “I made a derisive comment about a popular reality show because I thought its premise — a group of single women compete with one another to win the affections of, and ultimately marry, an eligible man — was more threatening to the sanctity of marriage than gay people tying the knot.
“After careful consideration, I now realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong. My mistake was that I was looking at the show through the tired old eyes of 60’s feminism. But we are clearly in a post-feminist era. The patriarchal sexism that treated women as chattel and dictated how much they could earn or how much control they could have over their own bodies is a thing of the past, a curious relic of a dark, unenlightened time.
“Likewise, the idea that a woman without a man was somehow incomplete has long ago been consigned to the overflowing dustbin of humankind’s misbegotten thinking. Women are now free to do anything they want, and that includes going on a reality show and using all their female wiles to snag Mr. Right.
“I really don’t know what else to say except, ‘I’m sorry and, um… you go, girl!’ ”