McCarthy takes aim at double standard
Sheen revelation shows rules differ for men, women, former co-star says
JENNY McCarthy is clarifying controversial remarks she made about Charlie Sheen. On her Sirius XM radio show Wednesday, McCarthy expressed concern over the fact Sheen did not disclose he was HIV positive when she played his love interest on Two and a Half Men.
“Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, ‘Ick! That’s not fair. It’s scary.’ I have sympathy for him because, you know, he’s sick and it’s awful, but man, he’s going to have to take some major accountability with many people in his life,” she said.
“Before we do a job, we have to sign a piece of paper that says, ‘Do you have cold sores?’ ” she continued. “You would think that there would be some type of... I don’t want to say, not criminal issue, but I don’t even know how to feel about that. I’m like, ‘Wait a second. If I have to be up front about a herpe, how could you not be up front about HIV?’
“I look back and I’m like, ‘OK, that would have been some valuable information.’ Look how many people have played his love interest on the show. Not that you can obviously get it (HIV) through kissing, but still, that’s a big deal.”
McCarthy, whose views about vaccines and autism have made her a controversial figure when it comes to medicine, drew some backlash for her remarks, especially because HIV is not transmitted through kissing.
She responded Thursday on Twitter, saying her point was not that she thought she was at risk of infection. Rather, she felt it highlighted a double standard in the film industry.
“I believe that if an actress has to disclose all of her business before kissing a male co-star, that actor should be required to disclose something (as) major as an HIV diagnosis.”
Specifically, she wondered why Sheen, “who interacts physically with dozens of actresses in intimate scenes is not required to disclose he has HIV?”
Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, has countered by saying the actor was not HIV positive when they worked together (McCarthy was on eight episodes from 2007 to 2011). He told People Sheen “was infected long after he left Two and a Half Men (in 2011) and long after he worked with Jenny.”
Jenny McCarthy portrayed a love interest of Charlie Sheen’s character
on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men (below left).