Some Christians have called for an apology from CBS for actor Charlie Sheen's mocking of Christ, Christmas and Christians on a program shown earlier this week.
On the Dec. 11 program of Two and a Half Men, Sheen gave a "vulgar adaptation," as the American Family Association described it, of a few favorite Christian Christmas carols, including "Joy to the World." The Monday episode opened with Sheen singing about his sexual activity to the Christmas tunes.
"CBS approved Sheen's adaptation of the favorite Christmas carol, making it into a vulgar sex song," said Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman of AFA, in a statement. "The network and sponsors paid Sheen to mock Christ, Christmas and Christians. Many in the Christian community are growing tired of this bigotry by the networks and Hollywood."
Lighting candles in preparation for his Christmas date, Sheen sang: "Joy to the world, Im getting laid; Im getting laid tonight. Well light the yule log, deck the halls, and then well play some jingle balls. Its been a real long wait this is our second date! Its Christmas Eve and Im getting laid.
He then sings an adaptation of another Christmas hymn. "Glo-oh-oh-oh-oh-ria, tonight Im boinking Gloria!
The clip featuring Sheen singing the tunes is posted on YouTube.com.
AFA, a pro-family advocacy organization, stated: "Such actions send a signal from CBS and Hollywood: 'Its ok to bash Christians, their religion and their God."
The CBS offense comes a few months after Rosie O'Donnell, co-host to ABC's The View, outraged Christians by comparing radical Christianity to radical Islam.
"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state. We're a democracy here," she said on the show a day after the 9/11 anniversary.
"Tired of bigotry" from Hollywood, AFA urged its supporters to take action and contact the CBS television network with their complaint.