Stop watching my filthy show

Angus T. Jones, the teenager who is the “half man” on the popular sit-com “Two and a Half Men,” has had a conversion experience and is now telling people to stop watching his show, which has been paying him $8 million a year:

Less than two years after Charlie Sheen was booted from “Two and a Half Men,” his co-star, Angus T. Jones, 19, has blasted the series as “filth” and suggested people should stop watching.

“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,” said Jones in a videotaped testimonial for the Forerunner Chronicles.

The group is linked to the Voice of Prophecy Seventh-Day Adventist church in Los Angeles, where Jones worships.

“Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth,” Jones pleaded.

Jones has played Jake, a sarcastic kid who lives with his single dad (Jon Cryer), since the hugely successful series launched in 2003. As one of the highest-paid teens, he takes home around $8 million annually, about $350,000 per episode.

And until last year, Jones shared the screen with Charlie Sheen — one of Hollywood’s most notorious hedonists.

After he suffered a public meltdown in 2011, Sheen’s character was killed off, and he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

In the video, Jones says the show is part of the plan of “the enemy”— presumably Satan.

“If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he said.

“I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan. … 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.”

Alas, he said, his hands are tied. “I am under contract for another year so it is not too much of a decision on my part. I know God has me there for a reason for another year.”

Jones says that he went to a Christian school but wasn’t really religious. His parents’ marriage broke up a couple of years ago, he said, and he fell into temptation.

“At the time, I also started dating this girl, and when I look back now, I see that as a time when the enemy was trying to push me in that direction. But God knew he was going to pull me out at the last second,” Jones said.

via Angus T. Jones blasts ‘Two and a Half Men,’ calls the hit series ‘filth’ – NY Daily News.

This makes him sound rather fanatical, but see this thoughtful interview.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    I don’t know about all the legal ramifications of his remarks, and hence the bit of backtracking, but I do know that his original statement about the show being “filth” is spot on.

    I’ve only seen bits and pieces while channel surfing, but the few seconds I saw made me cringe.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    I don’t know about all the legal ramifications of his remarks, and hence the bit of backtracking, but I do know that his original statement about the show being “filth” is spot on.

    I’ve only seen bits and pieces while channel surfing, but the few seconds I saw made me cringe.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I rather admire him. He got into this situation through no fault of his own, and the life of privilege he has is the only one he knows. He probably is also aware that he won’t have a career after 3 1/2 Men whatever he does. He got the part because he was a cute kid, and he kept it when he stopped being cute. He hasn’t any discernible talent, and likely doesn’t enjoy the work much. Best to make a clean break.

    He walked his criticism back a little yesterday, but that’s probably also appropriate, not biting the hand (or apologizing for nipping it). Trying to act like a Christian in these situations is tough, and who among us hasn’t found himself in a similar situation, with less publicity?

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I rather admire him. He got into this situation through no fault of his own, and the life of privilege he has is the only one he knows. He probably is also aware that he won’t have a career after 3 1/2 Men whatever he does. He got the part because he was a cute kid, and he kept it when he stopped being cute. He hasn’t any discernible talent, and likely doesn’t enjoy the work much. Best to make a clean break.

    He walked his criticism back a little yesterday, but that’s probably also appropriate, not biting the hand (or apologizing for nipping it). Trying to act like a Christian in these situations is tough, and who among us hasn’t found himself in a similar situation, with less publicity?

  • http://danstaifer.com Dan Staifer

    If you listen to the entire audio, you will hear that Angus has succumbed to Seventh Day Adventist Legalism while morally right, it might be damning him with self-righteousness.

  • http://danstaifer.com Dan Staifer

    If you listen to the entire audio, you will hear that Angus has succumbed to Seventh Day Adventist Legalism while morally right, it might be damning him with self-righteousness.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    When I saw what group he was associated with I cringed. BTW Voice of Prophecy is not a church, the Daily News got it wrong. Voice of Prophecy is a radio broadcast.

    I didn’t even know 2 1/2 Men was even a going concern. Tells you how much attention I pay to TV.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    When I saw what group he was associated with I cringed. BTW Voice of Prophecy is not a church, the Daily News got it wrong. Voice of Prophecy is a radio broadcast.

    I didn’t even know 2 1/2 Men was even a going concern. Tells you how much attention I pay to TV.

  • Jim Hamilton

    This is a horrible show. Smutty, base, common, profane, just garbage. The fact that this kid’s parents allowed him to be on the show at all is pathetic. I hope he’s sincere in his rejection of this crap shiow.

  • Jim Hamilton

    This is a horrible show. Smutty, base, common, profane, just garbage. The fact that this kid’s parents allowed him to be on the show at all is pathetic. I hope he’s sincere in his rejection of this crap shiow.

  • http://fivepintlutheran2.wordpress.com/ David Cochrane

    @4. I had no idea there was such a show until this broke.
    @ 5. So your basic example of television entertainment?

    But seriously I pray his concern is based upon faith in Jesus. Yes a lot of bogus “Christian” cult groups out there. Perhaps the faith creating word of God can do the doing in spite of the errors. God grant it for all our young people.

  • http://fivepintlutheran2.wordpress.com/ David Cochrane

    @4. I had no idea there was such a show until this broke.
    @ 5. So your basic example of television entertainment?

    But seriously I pray his concern is based upon faith in Jesus. Yes a lot of bogus “Christian” cult groups out there. Perhaps the faith creating word of God can do the doing in spite of the errors. God grant it for all our young people.

  • helen

    I forgot to turn off the TV one night and was ‘rewarded’ with that. Since I’d read the name, I watched… once. ” Trash” is too complimentary for it.

  • helen

    I forgot to turn off the TV one night and was ‘rewarded’ with that. Since I’d read the name, I watched… once. ” Trash” is too complimentary for it.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’ve never watched an episode of the show.
    In fact, it’s been many years since I’ve bothered to watch any sitcoms on TV.

    Despite the artificial laugh tracks dubbed into the audio, they’re just not funny any more. None of ‘em.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’ve never watched an episode of the show.
    In fact, it’s been many years since I’ve bothered to watch any sitcoms on TV.

    Despite the artificial laugh tracks dubbed into the audio, they’re just not funny any more. None of ‘em.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    You are absolutely right, Mike.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    You are absolutely right, Mike.

  • Lou G.

    I’ve been at my brother’s house twice when this show was on in his living room. The first time was with Charlie Sheen and the situations presented were extremely immoral and the jokes seriously offensive. I left there before the first commercial. The second time he had the show on was right after Aston Krutcher took over the lead role. He raised the level of offense far beyond Sheen’s character. Apparently, it is common for Krutcher to present him self in full frontal mode with the slightest of coverage in almost every episode. The show has gone from offensive to pornographic. I have no idea how this garbage is allowed on the air.

    I pray for this young man to be given a break in his contract so that he can move on and away from that environment. However much he wants to be a light in darkness, his character is more likely to be ruined by the corrupt and depraved nature of that set.

  • Lou G.

    I’ve been at my brother’s house twice when this show was on in his living room. The first time was with Charlie Sheen and the situations presented were extremely immoral and the jokes seriously offensive. I left there before the first commercial. The second time he had the show on was right after Aston Krutcher took over the lead role. He raised the level of offense far beyond Sheen’s character. Apparently, it is common for Krutcher to present him self in full frontal mode with the slightest of coverage in almost every episode. The show has gone from offensive to pornographic. I have no idea how this garbage is allowed on the air.

    I pray for this young man to be given a break in his contract so that he can move on and away from that environment. However much he wants to be a light in darkness, his character is more likely to be ruined by the corrupt and depraved nature of that set.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    The lad is correct: the show is filthy. I’ve only seen parts of it, but I find very little redeemable about the show, if anything at all. If there were good elements of the show in which the filth were limited and incidental, that would be one thing-even good shows and movies have their bad moments (I’ve done this myself with good shows that have excessive violence or overtly-gratutious nudity/sex: lots of fast-forwarding). But when the show is about nothing but the filth, it should be crossed off the watch list.

    All of that being said, 7th day adventism flirts with legalism on a great many issues (The Sabbath, and in some cases vegetarianism come to mind). Moral conversion is not the same as true regeneration (although regeneration does result in a change of attitude, and therefore action, toward sin).

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    The lad is correct: the show is filthy. I’ve only seen parts of it, but I find very little redeemable about the show, if anything at all. If there were good elements of the show in which the filth were limited and incidental, that would be one thing-even good shows and movies have their bad moments (I’ve done this myself with good shows that have excessive violence or overtly-gratutious nudity/sex: lots of fast-forwarding). But when the show is about nothing but the filth, it should be crossed off the watch list.

    All of that being said, 7th day adventism flirts with legalism on a great many issues (The Sabbath, and in some cases vegetarianism come to mind). Moral conversion is not the same as true regeneration (although regeneration does result in a change of attitude, and therefore action, toward sin).

  • Truth Unites… and Divides

    “In the video, Jones says the show is part of the plan of “the enemy”— presumably Satan.

    “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he said.

    “I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan. … 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.”

    I appreciate Jones saying this. He doesn’t want to be a pawn for the Enemy, nor does he want to be an enabler anymore either.

    Good for him.

  • Truth Unites… and Divides

    “In the video, Jones says the show is part of the plan of “the enemy”— presumably Satan.

    “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he said.

    “I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan. … 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.”

    I appreciate Jones saying this. He doesn’t want to be a pawn for the Enemy, nor does he want to be an enabler anymore either.

    Good for him.

  • Michael B.

    @Lars Walker

    “He got the part because he was a cute kid, and he kept it when he stopped being cute. He hasn’t any discernible talent, ”

    You took the words out of my mouth. Gary Coleman, Kirk Cameron, Macaulay Culkin also come to mind. They were remarkably cute kids with little other talent who became unremarkable adults. (As an aside, if you ever want to see an entire musical based on this theme, watch “Avenue Q”.)

  • Michael B.

    @Lars Walker

    “He got the part because he was a cute kid, and he kept it when he stopped being cute. He hasn’t any discernible talent, ”

    You took the words out of my mouth. Gary Coleman, Kirk Cameron, Macaulay Culkin also come to mind. They were remarkably cute kids with little other talent who became unremarkable adults. (As an aside, if you ever want to see an entire musical based on this theme, watch “Avenue Q”.)


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