The CBS sitcom Two and Half Men has been on the air for almost ten years. In that time we have watch the 1/2 man, Jake, played by actor Angus T. Jones, grow up into the young man he is today. This week a YouTube video had Jones, a recent born again Christian, pleading for his fans to stop watching his show because it was nothing but filth and part of Satan’s plan. I respect his commitment to his new faith but it is obvious he doesn’t mind cashing the paychecks from his filthy show.
“If you watch Two And A Half Men, please stop watching Two And A Half Men,” the religious teenager says in a testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church (see the video below). “I’m on Two And A Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth…. If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the (Satan’s) plan,” says Jones, who has become very serious about his faith in the past several months. “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show.”
Jones, who earns more than $300,000 an episode, goes on to warn people about the impact of television and shows like Men. “People say it’s just entertainment,” he says. “Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.”
I’m not a fan of his show and it is pretty racy. Jones’ character Jake evolved into a pot smoking dumb kid who now is in the Army and one recent episode had him hooking up with guest star Miley Cyrus. If the show is part of Satan’s plan then Satan is pretty lame…. Miley Cyrus??? Really??
I respect he found his faith but if he has such an issue with being on the show he needs to quit immediately and pay the financial costs of breaking his contract.
If he isn’t willing to do that then how much does his faith really mean to him.
I’ve questioned the morality of some jobs I’ve had myself like a telemarketing job where I had to sell plastic trash bags to senior citizens. In the few cases where I decided I couldn’t do the job due to moral objections I left the job as soon as I could. What I didn’t do was try to get fired so I didn’t have to do the job.
It seems to me that while Jones wants off the show but wants to keep all the paychecks from Satan… doesn’t sound moral to me.
Later in the day on 11/28, Augus Jones released a public statement:
In a statement to Deadline released by Insignia PR, Jones expresses his gratitude to Two And A Half Men, co-creator Chuck Lorre, CBS, series producer Warner Bros TV and studio chief Peter Roth for “what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.” He also apologizes “if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed.”
So basically he didn’t realize his remarks would be as public as they were and he didn’t want to piss anyone off at the studio or on the show. The report also states that Jones and the cast don’t have a deal after the season, which could be the last. If the show did come back for an 11th season I would think Jones would opt not to return since he doesn’t want to be there.