Charlie Sheen’s attack on the producer of TV series “Two and a Half Men” upset some Jewish leaders, who accused the actor of being anti-semitic.
In his latest comments on radio and TMZ, Sheen attacked producer Chuck Lorre, referring to him as Chaim Levine, the Hebrew translation of his name.
Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League lobby group, condemned Sheen’s language in a statement:
“By invoking television producer Chuck Lorre’s Jewish name in the context of an angry tirade against him, Charlie Sheen left the impression that another reason for his dislike of Mr. Lorre is his Jewishness. This fact has no relevance to Mr. Sheen’s complaint or disagreement, and his words are at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism.”
The actor denied the accusations, telling TMZ “I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the bulls**t TV persona.”
He added, “So you’re telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino?”