Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the biggest non-apology of November so far. If you think back to last week, then you are going to remember that “The Big Bang Theory” executive producer Chuck Lorre demolished “The Bachelor” in his recent vanity card at the end of the top-rated CBS sitcom. It was a rare move to openly see the co-creator of one primetime show slam another, especially since it was not a timeslot rival and it was by and large unprovoked.
The folks over at “The Bachelor” took offense to Lorre’s claims that the show was more or less ridiculous with a series of angry tweets; and thus, Chuck had the most publicity he has had since Charlie Sheen started melting down on a nationwide “comedy tour.” Lorre responded to all of this with an “apology” during his latest “Big Bang Theory” season 6 episode Thursday, though this may very well go down as one of the greatest uses of sarcasm ever:
“I need to apologize. In an earlier vanity card 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!’”
Hopefully, the team over at “The Bachelor” will realize through this that really egging the guy on is not going to do them any good; and while they clearly have a legion of devoted fans, Lorre is just not going to be one of them. Let the guy move on, where he will continue to blab about other topics until mocking another reality show strikes his fancy.
Is this either the dumbest or the funniest feud between shows that you have ever seen? If you want to look at the rest of this past “Big Bang Theory”episode, you can do so over here.