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'Labia Saturation' Controversy: Martha Plimpton, Zooey Deschanel And More Reflect On Lee Aronsohn's Comments

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Martha Plimpton readdresses Lee Aronsohn's notorious
Martha Plimpton readdresses Lee Aronsohn's notorious "labia saturation" comments.

Some of TV's funniest women still have an issue with former "Two and a Half Men" showrunner Lee Aronsohn's "labia saturation" comments. And for good reason.

During a roundtable interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope"), Laura Dern ("Enlightened"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Christina Applegate ("Up All Night") and Jane Lynch ("Glee"), discussed the now infamous comment.

The original statement from Aronsohn via THR: "Enough, ladies. I get it. You have periods," he said. "But we’re approaching peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation."

"What, like we need more dicks and balls?" Louis-Dreyfus said.

Several people shot back at Aronsohn at the time, including Plimpton, who sent the below tweet. But at the THR roundtable, the ladies tackled the topic again.


Martha Plimpton
Um, Lee, women are 51% of the population & a coveted demographic for advertisers. What are you thinking?

"There were a lot of us who said something. [Actress] Sarah Thyre, [comedy writer and blogger] Lizz Winstead -- a lot of much funnier women than me, who nailed him in a way that was charming and hilarious and totally emasculating, which I enjoyed tremendously," Pilmpton told THR. "I just wanted to remind him that 52 percent of the people watching those [TV] commercials are women, and advertisers care about that kind of thing. I tend to get a little pissed off about stuff like that."

Aronsohn has since apologized for his comments.

Deschanel said his comments were like "kicking somebody while they're down."

"We're just getting to the point where people aren't making 'female comedies,'" the "New Girl" star told THR. "We've had like hundreds and hundreds of years of men dominating everything. I mean, I'm going way back."

"Modern Family's" Bowen said it shouldn't be a topic of discussion. "What makes it maddening is that the conversation shouldn't even be a conversation at this point," she said.

"There is no controversy to me about this. Women are talented, smart, half the population," Plimpton said. "Some women are not talented and stupid."

Comedian Adam Carolla recently reignited the topic in a New York Post interview. When asked if he hates working with women, Carolla, the former host of "Man Show," said, “No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they're always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks."

Roseanne Barr shot back on Twitter.


Roseanne Barr
thanks adam for letting us know that showbiz really helps unfunny women because we have vaginas!

Roseanne Barr
why male comedians are not funny in the least: because they cannot stop jagging off long enough to write a joke NOT about their farts. ?

Check out the THR roundtable video below.

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