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Is the Two and a Half Men gay storyline actually funny?

It has been revealed that the storyline of the final season of Two and a Half Men is going to find Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) marry as a fake gay couple to help the former adopt a child. Too much?

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It could have been epic. It could have been meaningful. It could have been many things… But, instead, the conclusion to Two and a Half Men is going to dangerously totter on the fringe between ludicrous and horribly offensive. The main question is, which?

CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday that the long-running series’ final season is going to show Walden (Ashton Kutcher) go through a serious health scare, prompting him to look for a greater meaning in his life, which will culminate in a decision to adopt a child. But wait, there’s more. Walden is going to try to adopt the child with Alan (Jon Cryer) as a “gay” couple, in order to increase his chances of success during the application process.

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“He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life, so he decides he wants to adopt a child and in doing so, he starts the process and realizes that it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man,” Tassler stated. “So once and for all he decides, ‘I’m going to propose to Alan and we’re going to get married and adopt a child as a gay couple.'”

So, we don’t mean to jump the gun here, but we are offended already. In this day and age, is it actually still funny to pull jokes out of the “gay” bag? Tassler claims that the storyline will not receive any backlash from the LGBT community, because it is making a “very positive statement that, you know what, I am going to adopt a child as [part of] a gay couple and the reality is, he can do that.”

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The fact that gay marriage is not legal everywhere within the U.S. and many couples are still struggling to gain recognition of their rights, is it smart to take advantage of the concept and market it as an elaborate scheme to advance in the adoption process? Despite portraying the characters as open-minded individuals and showing gay adoption in a positive light, it will still be two straight guys pretending to be gay and extracting laughs from the audience on antiquated jokes. Come on.

Maybe we’re missing the point here. What do you think of the idea?

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