Monday, January 4, 2010

DV Does Wonders for Ratings

To give credit where credit is due, we stole this post title from Feministing, where Jessica responds to actor Charlie Sheen's Christmas domestic violence arrest (see if you can spot the bad dv reporting in the People Magazine coverage):

Apparently, getting arrested for abusing your spouse will do amazing things for an actor's career. From the New York Post:

Sheen's comedy series, "Two and a Half Men" is back in the No. 1 spot.

Monday night's episode, the first time the show has aired since Sheen was jailed for allegedly putting a knife to his wife's throat, drew 11.1 million viewers to watch a rerun of the hit CBS comedy. That was enough to make it the most-watched program of the evening, according to preliminary ratings.
Incredible. As Broadsheet recently pointed out, Sheen has a long history of violence against women yet continues to do incredibly well career-wise. In fact, with his $825k per episode salary - he may be the highest paid actor in television right now.

It appears that when it comes to television, violence against women still doesn't matter.
We applauded radio stations for dropping Chris Brown's music and sponsors for scrapping his endorsement deals after his arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. It would be nice to see Hanes, CBS, and especially fans hold Charlie Sheen equally accountable.

Update 01/07/10: Hanesbrands is, in fact, dropping their advertising campaign with Charlie Sheen.

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