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‘Two and a Half Men’ to tackle gay issues using straight characters

The 12th and final season of the CBS hit series “Two and a Half Men” will feature a gay wedding between two of its straight characters. In a surprise twist, Ashton Kutcher’s Walden will propose to Jon Cryer’s Alan in a story plot that is already causing some controversy. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler confirmed the news to ABC News on Friday.

Actors Ashton Kutcher (L) and Jon Cryer of the television show 'Two And A Half Men' speak during the CBS portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 11, 2012 in Pasadena, California.
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The surprise proposal comes as Walden faces a health scare that causes him to realize his desire to adopt a child. But unfortunately, it is very tough to adopt as a single man so Walden comes up with a plan. Tassler explained the storyline on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

She said, “Walden, in having kind of an existential crisis, he has a near-death experience and he is evaluating the meaning of life. He wants to adopt a child and it is particularly challenging to do so as a single man. So he decides that he and Alan should get married and they will adopt a child as a gay couple.”

The marriage between two straight men in many ways can be seen as mocking the value of gay marriage and adoption rights, but the show claims that is not the intention. Chuck Lorre, the show’s executive producer, told to the Hollywood Reporter that the intent of the marriage is to show how much love two men can give to a child. He said, “Their sexuality is irrelevant to loving and caring for a child, which maybe that’s the big story that we wind up telling: taking a kid out of the system and giving him a home. What’s better than that?”

It will also give the show a chance to come full circle, as the final season will end with two men raising a child, just as it began. In doing so, Lorre realizes he is taking a risk that can upset the LGBT community by having two straight characters involved in two issues that are currently being battled by same-sex couples in many states. Media watchdog for LGBT rights, GLAAD, has decided to wait to comment until they see a finished product but hopes the show will showcase the progress made and the struggle that still exists for both gay marriage and gay adoption

He said, “No offense is intended, and I hope none is taken. We’ve always been somewhat of an offensive show, so it wouldn’t surprise me if this is going to be offending people. We can’t go out with dignity, because we’ve never had any.”

The show’s openly gay character Jenny (Amber Tamblyn) will be assisting both Walden and Alan in their scam and marriage of convenience, but overtime Lorrie is hoping viewers observe a growth in human relationships, which through the laughs is what the show is truly about. There are no intentions to bring Charlie Sheen back for the final season that will premiere October 30.

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