The upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen, taping September 10 in Los Angeles, is already in poor taste. But today Comedy Central upped the ante when they announced they’d added another criminal to the bill, convicted rapist Mike Tyson.
For all the insults, roasts are at their core celebrations of a beloved personality, and Sheen’s long history of abusing women isn’t exactly endearing. Mike Tyson’s sex crimes are even less so. Is the network hoping audiences won’t care what these guys have done, or worse yet, find it funny?
The roast airs September 19. We’re wondering what kind of advertisers this creepfest will pull in.
Update – 09/02/11: Ad Age reports that Electronic Arts and Axe have signed on as lead sponsors of the Sept 19 roast.