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Sheen Calls Creator of Hit Show ‘Haim’

Fortunately, there are no other Jews in Hollywood

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Charlie Sheen last August.(Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)

Say you’ve grown tired of waiting around for Mel Gibson to say something else outrageous about the Jews. Sure, it was fun when, a year ago, on his “comeback” media tour, he accused one (Jewish) interviewer who asked about his infamous 2006 arrest-cum-anti-Semitic tirade as “hav[ing] a dog in this fight.” Yeah, it was nice to be reminded, in the latest Vanity Fair, that the Australian actor has a penchant for telling jokes about “oven-dodgers.” But his schtick was getting tired. You needed your celebrity Jew-hating fix from elsewhere.

Enter Charlie Sheen! For a while, it was difficult not to feel sympathy for him: He is talented; he was a child of fame, and famous as a very young man; he was undergoing alcohol and drug problems. But then, yesterday, he called Chuck Lorre, the creator of Two and a Half Men—the CBS sitcom on which Sheen stars, and which basically put him back on the map—”Chaim Levine” (his given name is Charles Levine); according to one report, he called him “Hymie”. (Fun fact: “Hymie” derives from chaim. To life!) In response, CBS went from merely canceling the rest of the current season of the hit sitcom to, now, postponing it indefinitely.

Lorre will be fine: He still has The Big Bang Theory to work on, anyway (as Tom Bissell reported in an excellent New Yorker profile, Lorre is a rare talent). As for Sheen? I can’t wait for his South Park episode.

CBS Calls Charlie Sheen’s Bluff, shuts Down ‘Two and a Half Men’ for Season [Hitfix]
Related: The Rude Warrior [VF]
Earlier: Gibson Gets Touchy Over ’06 Comments

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Actually, I am not going to scream “anti-semite” over this.
It is just as possible that he calls Chuck Lorre “Chaim Levine” and Lorre calls him “Carlos Estevez” all the time. A bad joke, maybe, but not necessarily any malice involved.

I know Chuck Lorre is successful but can’t we still hate him for Dharma and Greg?

(My friend says it was made for 15 year old kids so I am judging it out of context).

NOt that I want to defend the guy, but if you hear the he clearly didn’t say Hymie but trying to say Chaim. That he felt a need to point out the guys given name as a way of insulting or calling him out (especially considering his own given name is Carlos Estevez) still seems pretty bad, but it’s not yet in the Gibson zone.

@Sara says:
Feb 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM
I was thinking of saying that but glad you said it and not me. It is just as possible that Charlie was drunk out of his mind, i.e. lingering debilitation while not having achieved sobriety, or experiencing some other syndrome connected with over-usage of whatever in combination with something else that causes something we don’t even want to think about yet.

BH in Iowa says:

BREAKING NEWS

Charlie Sheen is a D-Bag

Benjamin says:

I may be dumb but what does that have anything to do with antisemitism ?

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Sheen Calls Creator of Hit Show ‘Haim’

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