It is rare that a star campaigns against the show that made his career, but that is exactly what Angus T. Jones is now doing, as he has struggled to reconcile his newly found Christian beliefs with appearing on the hugely successful CBS series ‘Two and a Half Men’. The actor, who has played Jake since he was ten, spoke in a video posted by a Christian church, and asked viewers: “Please stop filling your head with filth.”
Jones plays the son of uptight, divorced chiropractor Alan, played by Jon Cryer, and the nephew of misogynist and womanizer Charlie, played by Charlie Sheen. Women in the series are seen as conquests, not very bright and to be used for one thing only. If this is not the case then they are portrayed as harridans that are cold hearted and only after money. The series is laden with sexual innuendo and double standards and to be honest, is viewed as a little outdated over here in the UK.
The show has been hit with controversy over the last two years, as cast member Charlie Sheen was un-sanctimoniously sacked when his onset drinking and offset antics began to affect his performance in the show. He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, who plays billionaire Walden. Sheen went public with his condemnation of CBS bosses who fired him and posted many YouTube diatribes in which his mental state seemed to deteriorate daily. Jones is now 19 and says that his role within the show no longer fits in with his values.
He spoke in a video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in Fremont, California: “Please stop watching it,” Jones said. “Please stop filling your head with filth.” Jones believes that the type of entertainment he is involved in directly affects the brain and says: “there’s no playing around when it comes to eternity. You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” he said. “I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show. If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he said.
Jones added: “I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan. …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.” He describes Two and a Half Men now as the work of ‘the enemy’. “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.
He said he had a dangerous desire to ‘run away’ and delve into drugs, although he says that God protected him from drinking and that he remains a virgin.
So far the producers of the show have made no comment but this could be seen as the latest nail in the coffin as viewing figures are said to have dropped from 20 million an episode to 14.5 million. Two and a Half Men is still the third most popular comedy on television however, behind CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Modern Family.” It is imagined that Jones will no longer be renewing his contract when it runs out at the end of this season and although he is one of the original cast members, bosses are unlikely to recast him after yesterdays outburst.