Jenny McCarthy Clarifies Comments on Charlie Sheen’s HIV Diagnosis
During her Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday (November 18), McCarthy commented on his status, saying (via UPROXX), “I don’t even know how to feel about that. I’m like, ‘Wait a second. If I have to be upfront about herpes, how could you not be upfront about HIV? I look back and I’m like, ‘Okay, that would have been some valuable information.’...Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, ‘Ick! That’s not fair. It’s scary.’ I have sympathy for him because, you know, he’s sick and it’s awful, but man, he’s going to have to take some major accountability with many people in his life.”
Her comments were soon met with a fair amount of criticism, leading her to clarify her point on Twitter. McCarthy claims she was simply pointing out a double standard in the film industry regarding the different standards actresses are held to, health-wise.
She wrote, "The point I raised about Charlie Sheen on my Sirius radio show, had nothing to do with whether or not I think he put me at risk. I simply took issue with a double standard in the industry. Every actress (and actor for that matter) must disclose hundreds of personal health matters before ever being allowed to set foot on a film set. Yet an actor who interacts physically with dozens of actresses in intimate scenes, is not required to disclose that he has HIV?”
McCarthy’s statement continued, “I am very aware that HIV is not spread through kissing, but I also believe that if an actress has to disclose all of her business before kissing a male costar, that actor should be required to disclose something [as] major as an HIV infection too. His disclosures in his personal life are none of my business, and are for him to reconcile with the people he interacted with privately. I am not one of them.”
Sheen's manager Mark Burg responded to McCarthy's comments via a statement to PEOPLE: "Charlie was infected long after he left Two and a Half Men and long after he worked with Jenny."