June 20, 2012 1:35pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Martha Plimpton Still Annoyed by 'Phony' Uproar Over Lee Aronsohn's Twitter Rant
A few months after Two and a Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn came under fire for saying the spike in female-driven series had television near "the point of labia saturation," some of TV's funniest leading ladies are still a little confused.
"What, like we need more dicks and balls?" Julia Louis-Dreyfus asked her fellow Emmy contenders during The Hollywood Reporter's comedy actress roundtable.
One of those sitcom stars, Raising Hope's Martha Plimpton, was actually one of the most vocal during the ensuing Twitter backlash against Aronsohn.
"There were a lot of us who said something," she says. "[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. 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, who recently departed his showrunner position at Two and a Half Men for unrelated reasons, did apologize for his comments, calling them "a stupid joke." And for her part, Plimpton thinks the venue of Twitter exaggerated the issue.
"It creates phony controversy," she says. "There is no controversy to me about this. Women are talented, smart, half the population. Some women are not talented and stupid."
For more from Plimpton -- and stories from Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Christina Applegate (Up All Night), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Laura Dern (Enlightened) Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Jane Lynch (Glee) -- read THR's full comedy actor roundtable and watch the video below: