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Charlie Sheen Demands Apology from Jewish Group

3/1/2011 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen claims he doesn't hate Chuck Lorre because of his "Jewishness" ... he hates him for other reasons ... and now Sheen is lashing out at a Jewish org. for insinuating he's an anti-Semite.

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Sheen is still FURIOUS with the Anti-Defamation League for saying the actor exhibited "borderline anti-Semitism" when he referred to the "Two and a Half Men" creator by his Hebrew name Chaim Levine.

Now, Sheen's lawyer -- legal pitbull Marty Singer -- has fired off a letter to the ADL demanding a retraction  ... because Sheen's only intention was to "address the man rather than his television persona."

In the letter, Singer points out that Chuck has referred to himself by the name Chaim on a vanity card back in February ... a vanity card in which Charlie claims Chuck writes about "a lifetime of distancing himself from Judaism."

In fact, Team Charlie insinuates the ADL should denounce Lorre for acknowledging his "disdain for the Jewish religion."

Calls to the ADL have not been returned.


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61.

Puckett    

What the hell this is good time to repost what i said to Carvey last night under another Sheen story...

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I do believe Charlie cited Chuck Lorre's Hebrew name as an anti-Semitic dig. The reason I believe this is that both Alex Jones (the man he said it to) and Charlie himself believe that Israel orchestrated the 911 attacks. Ask Charlie or Alex about the "Dancing Israelis" and get ready for an hour long anti-Semitic rant.

As for actually hating Jews, I doubt Charlie hates anyone for simply being Jewish. Despite his recent knuckle-headed behavior I don't think the guy has a hateful bone in his body (violent, yes. hateful, no). But an anti-Semitic remark is an anti-Semitic remark nonetheless.

As for why Chuck Lorre dumped his Hebrew name, who knows. He certainly isn't the first guy in show business to go by a different name.

Posted at 11:17 PM on Feb 28, 2011 by Carvey

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For once we agree... to a degree.

Was Charlie's comment intended to be mean? Absolutely. Was it meant to be offensive to Chuck Lorre? Absolutely. What it offensive to other Jewish people? Sure, to some i'm sure it was.

But i don't believe it was antisemitic. It's the tabloids that have pushed the whole antisemitic angle. I don't know any Jews who personal feel it was truly antisemitic. Mean spirited, vulgar, d*ckheaded, meant to insult, sure, but not antisemitism.

I haven't heard any Jewish groups take the initiative to come out and say it was an antisemitic remark and ask for an apology.

The closest i've seen to that is a media outlet seeking out Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, for his opinion.

Abe's opinion? He stated "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."

Well you know what? as a Jewish American that really pisses me off. Calling something "borderline antisemitism" is a defacto admission that it WASN'T antisemitism. It's like your girlfriend bitching that she's "bordeline pregnant" because you didn't pull out in time. Bullsh*t. Just like pregnancy antisemitism either IS or it ISN'T. Saying it's "borderline" or "almost", well those are weasel words and i'm disappointed the National Director of the ADL would use them!

As for Charlie's take on the Israeli's and 911. I love him but let's face it he's a Hollywood crackhead liberal conspiracy theorist when it comes to politics. I don't think he hates Jews. Heck a lot of his people ARE/WERE Jewish. The reality is you can hate on Israel or any nation for political reasons and not be antisemitic. There are plenty of legitimate and no so legitimate reasons to have an issue with Israel. The Israeli's are no saints, neither are we. Bashing them for their actions as a nation doesn't automatically = antisemitism.

So we do agree... to a degree.

1310 days ago
62.

TrueDat    

Read Lorre's vanity cards. He changed his last name from Levine to Lorre because his mother used Levine as a "stinging insult" and it impacted his self-esteem. On a trip to Israel he looked back on "why have I spent a lifetime moving away from that group? How did Chaim become Chuck? How did Levine become Lorre?" He blames family dynamics for all the assimilation he has made to Hollywood. Yes, poor taste for Sheen to mock him on his identity issues but it doesn't make him a anti-semite. Lorre's issues are all over his vanity cards, read them. He starts his thinly veiled insults of his lead actor in 2009. Since he was nice enough to write it all down for Sheen's lawyers, he should consider stopping the cards and just hire a therapist.

1310 days ago
63.

TheHOLETruth    

What I find funny is that he uses "Chaim" and so much is made about this in the press, yet it was reported that during his hotel meltdown he was screaming the N-word and no one seems to care about that.

Posted at 8:47 AM on Mar 1, 2011 by phyuck

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...he who controls the media, controls the message.

1310 days ago
64.

D    

MOST (BUT NOT ALL) OF THE COMMENTS ABOVE ARE FROM ANTI-SEMETIC JACKASSES, JUST LIKE CHARLIE. THEY REPRESENT THE VERY FEW FANS THAT CHARLIE EVEN HAS LEFT. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE DOUCHEBAGS...CHARLIE IS ON HIS WAY OUT! I USED TO LIKE HIM. I GAVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT ON SO MANY OCCASIONS WITH SO MANY PEOPLE, THAT I FEEL BETRAYED (AND EMBARRASED)! I USED TO WATCH TWO AND HALF MEN BECAUSE I THOUGHT THE WRITING WAS TOP-NOTCH AND LOVE JON CRYER...BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

CHARLIE STARTED THIS MESS WITH HIS OWN CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR...AND WARNER BROTHERS/CBS/CHUCK LORRE ARE FINISHING IT (FINALLY), BECAUSE THEY HAVE JUST ABOUT HAD ENOUGH OF THE BULLCRAP, NEGATIVE PRESS AND DRAMA THAT GOES ALONG WITH HIM. HE HAS MANAGED TO ALIENATE SO MANY PEOPLE (INCLUDING ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST UNDERSTANDING PUBLICISTS OUT THERE), IT WILL TAKE A MIRACLE TO GET HIM BACK ON TOP AGAIN.

BY THE WAY PEOPLE, DON'T BE NAIVE OR IGNORANT! MARTY SINGER GETS PAID $500 AN HOUR AND CHARLIE CAN STILL AFFORD TO PAY HIM. MARTY, ISN'T FINANCIALLY STUPID. SO, FOR THE TIME HE SPENDS TALKING TO HIM (CHARLIE) AND WORKING ON HIS BULLCRAP...HE CAN EARN HIMSELF A PRETTY PENNY...WHETHER HE THINKS IT'S A WASTE OF TIME OR NOT.

1310 days ago
65.

Laurie    

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1310 days ago
66.

Davey Boy    

I think Charlie just should have let this one go. Sheesh, there are more important matters to be concerned about. Charlie already went on record with his reasonings for using the name Chaim Levine. Let it go, Charlie.

1310 days ago
67.

Cory    

Yes, yes, we get it. Miss Harvey Levin has the hots for Charlie's "legal pit bull." Kuh-rist, the guy's an ambulance chaser, not a celeb. Enough of the bold print for him already.

Meanwhile, it's like the whole world has forgotten Charlie's repeated us of the "n" word in dozens of phone messages to Denise Richards. The guy's a nasty, racist, anti-Smitic drunk. And his "pit bull lawyer" can't change facts.

1310 days ago
68.

lili    

Chaz did nothing wrong by calling him by his birthname. Why is that anti-semitic.

It is anti-semitic to HIDE one's jewish heritage, and masquarade as that which one is not. Why would you go out of your way to hide who you are? Get over it, Chaim.

1310 days ago
69.

Danielle    

Abe Foxman is not a good leader for the Jews. He is digging such a big hole for them they may never get out and it is enticing people to speak out against Jews instead of be for them. You can't make yourself such a protected class that you cannot be criticized for your own actions lest someone calls you anti-semetic. It is getting to the point that you can't even look at a Jewish person without being called anti-semetic.

All of us in our history, as one time or another, have been treated as a class that was punished, Christians by the Roman's, Jews by Hitler, Blacks by not only their own leaders, but also the Brits and Americans, the Indians by Brits and Americans, Albinos, those with Leproscy, it's how we have evolved to not be like that any longer that makes us good.

We can't constantly think anyone of us is above another because of past indiscretions perpetrated towards us. It is time to move forward instead of living in the past as constant victims. According to this we should all have the same rights and this constant PC stuff has to end, it has gotten to the point of insanity.

1310 days ago
70.

dino    

Why o' why is it when someone has a slight digs at the Jews they are anti-Semitism??? Charlie was calling SELL-OUT Chuck “I don't want to be called by my Jewish name" Lorre by his real name.

I watched TMZ Live last night and someone wrote a comment that they could tell Harvey was pi$$ed with Charlie's comment! Harvey admitted he was totally pi$$ed with Charlie's comment but it's OK for the WHOLE TMZ Staff excluding the Charles and the black girl to have a DIG at all the ethnic groups!!!

That dumb blonde bi*ch went on camera and told the world Charles wasn't American cos he was BLACK and people who aren't born in the US aren't allowed to be patriotic when the national anthem comes on!!!

Please have a look at your own staff Harvey first before you start pulling out your anti-Semitism card!!! TMZ Staff are all ethnic/anti Muslim Semitic then!!!

1310 days ago
71.

Art    

They certainly do owe charlie an apology.

some "groups" are always quick to yell "Victim", it's old and pathetic,get over it already it's 2011.

WE SUPPORT YOU 100% CHARLIE, KEEP UP THE FIGHT !

1310 days ago
72.

dino    

@Puckett @Puckett @Puckett

BORE ME LATER!!! BORE ME LATER!!! BORE ME LATER!!! SERIOUSLY WHO CARES WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!!! THIS IS TMZ DUDE HALF THE PEOPLE THAT COME ON HERE CAN'T READ PROPERLY!!!

1310 days ago
73.

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1310 days ago
74.

Griffin    


Charlie Sheen, you will receive an apology when H ell freezes over. Your lawyer will continue to work on every one of your nonsensical whims b/c it means more billable hours for him. I'm surprised you aren't saving all your money to spend on crack and whores. Do yourself a favor and check yourself in to a mental health facility where you will receive appropriate treatment. You have officially lost all touch with reality.

1310 days ago
75.

awards    

Does anyone else notice there is a circling of the Semite Wagons and a bunch of charges of Anti Semitic rhetoric? In the big picture world wide it seems like something is up? What could it be?

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