UPDATE (with Apology): Angus T. Jones’ Rant & Apology Explained – Why You Shouldn’t Care
After Charlie Sheen's controversial exit from the series, Two and Half Men had a few good months of normality. Now, series star Angus T. Jones - who plays the "half" in the series title - has few things to say about the show he grew up on (and still works on). Specifically, he considers the show "filth" and wants people stop watching. Why? Because he doesn't want to be on it anymore.
Jones' feelings about Two and a Half Men were revealed in a recently-released video testimonial for The Forerunner Chronicles (above - skip to 7:39), where Jones was speaking in-depth about about the evolution of his religious beliefs. Deadline is reporting that Jones recently became very serious about his faith.
Here's what Jones had to say about Two and a Half Men:
If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men.
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…
These comments, which you're likely to hear repeated most often, certainly do make Jones' feelings about Two and a Half Men clear. However, Jones, who was 10 when he began working on the series, does go on to explain why he feels this way about this series:
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.
If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan.
Yes, the "enemy" probably refers to the Devil. But even if that is the case, Jones, now 19, is simply referencing the type of series that Two and a Half Men is. Even though the show airs at 8:30pm, Two and a Half Men is a highly sexualized adult series. Sure, there are a few jokes here and there that children will laugh at, but the series is generally directed at an older crowd - as is CBS' entire line-up (their demographic is largely made up viewers 34+). For the most part, it sounds like Jones doesn't think the type of humor Two and a Half Men contains is appropriate.
As previously stated, Jones was 10 when he began on the series. So while viewers have been watching him mature on TV, he actually has been growing up in real-life, too. And, with growing up comes the development of opinions, tastes and beliefs. Though it may sound odd coming from the star of a show, Jones' opinions are his to have. Homeland star Mandy Patinkin famously quit Criminal Minds because he no longer wanted to be a part of a show with so much violent imagery.
Though we'll have to wait and see whether or not Jones will continue on the series, it does present one of the first instances of a child actor to growing up to publicly stand against the type of series he's been working on. Actually, it's surprising that it hasn't happened previously. Sure, we've had Anne Hathaway, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus all step away from their Disney stigma. But that was, essentially, them wanting to step away from the "family-friendly" label that they were slapped with. In Jones' case, he just isn't happy with the type of material Two and a Half Men handles; now that the "half" has grown up, he doesn't like what the "two" have been doing.
Still, I'm sure there are more than a few people will agree with Jones' plea to stop watching Two and a Half Men - though probably not for the same reason.
Two and Half Men airs Thursdays @8:30pm on CBS.
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Source: Forerunner Church [via Deadline]