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Angus T. Jones, 19, who for nearly a decade has played the half-man on CBS’s vile, hugely popular “Two and a Half Men,” does not want you to watch “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,” he says in a recent video interview. “Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please.”
“Two and a Half Men” has a very memorable history of its actors speaking out against it, but unlike Jones’ former costar Charlie Sheen, who infamously went off on the show as he was going off his rocker, Jones’ beef with “Two and a Half Men” is not that its creators won’t let him misbehave to his heart’s content. It’s that “Two and a Half Men” is un-Christian.
Jones’ comments can be found in a nearly 15-minute video interview he did with the Forerunner Chronicles, a “Seventh Day Adventist–leaning vlog series.” (To get a sense of the Forerunner Chronicles’ perspective, you can watch this episode about rapper A$AP Rocky’s alleged occultism, which Jones refers to in his interview. In that video, A$AP Rocky is held up as another example of the rise of occultism in pop culture and the “new age movement’s agenda, under which Lucifer will be established as sovereign.” Jones spends the first half of the interview talking about how he came to his particular church (that he “likes black people” has something to do with it) but begins to disavow “Two and a Half Men” around the eight-minute mark.
Initially Jones’ problems with the show seems to extend to all television, which he believes is rotting brains: “People say it’s just entertainment … do some research on the effects on television on your brain, I promise you you’ll have a decision to make. It’s bad news,” he says. But later, it seems that his problems with “Two and a Half Men,” which regularly makes misogynistic, off-color, racial jokes in both terrible taste and even worse humor, are more specific. “People will be like I can be a Christian and be on a show like ‘Two and a Half Men.’ You can’t. You can not be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” he says. “I know I can’t. I’m not okay with what I’m learning, and what the Bible says, and being on that television show.”
There are a lot of interesting things about this video — Jones seems like a well-meaning, thoughtful kid now destined to be the next Kirk Cameron — but the most remarkable is that it makes for strange bedfellows. Evangelicals and politically correct social liberals both curl up in the “Two and a Half Men”-is-an-offensive-disgrace bed, if not for exactly the same reasons (horror at sexual promiscuity vs. horror at blatant misogyny might be one difference), at least toward the same ends.
Willa Paskin is Salon's staff TV writer.More Willa Paskin.
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