I’ve never seen a single episode of “Two and a Half Men.”
So I figured I just had to take the advice of young actor Angus T. Jones when he urged his fans to “please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. 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.”
A devout Christian and newly converted Seventh Day Adventist, Jones recently released a video in which he basically puts down the show and speaks out about his conflict in remaining a good person and appearing on a show that he feels is contributing to the “enemy’s plan.”
“You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” says Jones. “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 plays the “half” part of Jake Harper in the incredibly popular TV sitcom. The show already lost one leading man a few years ago when Charlie Sheen went completely berserk, with Ashton Kutcher taking over.
Jones later apologized to the producers of the show, saying it was never his intent to hurt anyone or seem ungrateful for the opportunities he’s been given (Jones is rumored to make around $350,000 per episode.)
I think it’s pretty incredible that this young man would put everything at risk and speak out against a show he’s still appearing on. I don’t know what triggered this video or why he feels the urge to pull a reverse Charlie Sheen and be so outspoken about his beliefs, but standing up for values and standards has never been easy in Hollywood, and he’s been getting quite the negative backlash since. People have tried to justify his speaking out against the show, saying Jones has had a “breakdown” or is on drugs.
Apparently it seems hard to believe that someone-a teenager, no less!-would jeopardize a hugely famous role, thousands of dollars, and the nod of critics everywhere for religious beliefs.
Ironically, this plea to fans backfired on Jones: according to E! the latest episode “drew 13.8 million viewers and a 4.1 preliminary rating among adults 18-49, enough to tie a season-high mark set two weeks ago.”
Seems like the saying “any publicity is good publicity” still holds true.