Last Friday I attended a taping of 2 ½ Men on the Warner Brother's lot. I'd never seen the show before, but I won VIP tickets for donating to an organization to cure cancer. I'd also never been to a TV taping with a live studio audience and was excited to see how Hollywood did its thing (even though I wished they were Ellen tickets).
We marched single file on to the studio lot, going through various security check points and into the studio about an hour before the live taping. There was a stand-up comedian announcer-guy who gave us laugh instructions. Then they showed us a previous episode where they again coached us on how to laugh. Throughout the show he did magic tricks, told bad jokes, and tried to hypnotize audience members all to keep us in our seats and providing a good laugh track.
I was surprised to learn that there was a lesbian character on the show. Amber Tamblyn plays Jenny, the lesbian daughter of Charlie Sheen's deceased character, who has moved to LA to become an actress. Jenny goes through girls like Pringles. Unlike Alan, Jenny easily picks up hot chicks and has sex with them, sometimes without even knowing their names. She's as crass as the dudes on the show. In Season 11, Episode 6, the episode I saw live, she is likened to a lesbian zombie "Must have vagina!" It seems like objectifying women and treating them like stupid bimbos is a free for all to both sexes on the show.
While I give them credit for having a lesbian character, the male characters seem to make a surprising number of homophobic jokes. I guess they think that if they have a gay character it somehow makes it acceptable to make gay jokes. I'm curious to know what regular LGBT viewers think of the jokes and the new lesbian character.