The child actor Angus T. Jones on the series Two and a Half Men has now grown up. At age nineteen, he became a Christian and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. During his testimonial which CP has posted, he called the show "filth" and advised people against watching it. Some people have called him a hypocrite while others have questioned his sincerity. After reading another article, I hope this matter should be pretty much settled.
In his testimony, he seemed to have some conflicts about his role on the series. Although he no longer enjoys the series and did call it filth, he still has his contract - an agreement he made with the people in charge of the show. The question is whether or not to break his promise. In my opinion, the best solution is to complete the contract and not to renew it. Even though the show is immoral, the character might play a moral counterpart. Chastity would be a teenage rebellion against the promiscuity of the adults.
Same with the majority of television shows today, Two and a Half Men is definitely filth. Each plot of every episode centers around one of the men getting sex from a woman. Because the plot is sex-driven, the women serve as sex devices for each episode. It really blows up the whole notion of love and sex as synonymous. Well, there was one episode where Sheen's character had such awesome sex that he wanted to marry her, but was worried that marriage would make sex boring and that she would end up thinking of other men during sex if they did marry.
This does come from another belief within contemporary culture. In an article for the Chicago Suntimes last August, Arleen Spenceley sent out surveys asking questions about sexual beliefs and habits. The responses:
“A comfortable sexual routine should be established before you promise to spend the rest of your life with someone,” wrote a young adult
One said sex with some people is neither initially nor easily gratifying and “I don’t want to be married to someone like that.”
Another said, “I want to know the sex I’m going to get is good enough to keep me loyal.”
The responses are identical to the problem of Sheen's character in that one episode. Entertainment reinforces and passes down cultural beliefs to the viewers.
The series Two and a Half Men displays little appreciation for humanity. Probably none at all. Just in case you want to protest that this is only a sitcom, everything can be examined in terms of culture. Books, movies, commercials, paper advertisements, and sitcoms in decades past can be and have been analyzed on the basis of sexism and racism. Everything within a culture teaches about that culture's values and beliefs. Entertainment is a part of culture.
Same with the majority of television shows today, the series Two and a Half Men displays little appreciation for humanity. Each episode centers around the men getting sex, and the women serve as sex devices for the men. There are no genuine human relationships.
In the early 1990s, the sitcoms that I watched had featured genuine human relationships. This is one big difference between culture twenty years ago and culture today. I watched Home Improvement, Full House, and Family Matters. And when I compare those series with today's series, I can see a big difference between culture twenty years ago and contemporary culture. Families were more intact, marriage meant a commitment, and there was zero emphasis on sex. The humor in those sitcoms came from personality quirks or from relationships. And the human relationships were either husband/wife matters, sibling disputes, friendship issues, neighbors, etc. Because the humor and the plot came from genuine human relationships, there was a greater appreciation for humanity in those series.
Two and a Half Men lacks genuine human relationships. Sex for the sake of sex without responsibility turns people into objects and things for a person's animalistic gratification. And this is what happened when sex was removed from the context of a lifelong heterosexual marriage. Contemporary culture has turned humans into things and objects that exist to give someone else/many others sex. This objectification explains why today's sitcoms lack genuine human relationships.
Some employees who work on the series seemed to take a personal offense to the comment about the series being "filth." Angus T. Jones apologized for "if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues", but he never apologized for calling the show filth. In his full statement, he expressed appreciation for the people on and off the set, but he never regretted calling the show filth.
The fact that employees took offense and that he needed to issue a statement indicates the sincerity of his comment about the series. People are a hodgepodge of good and bad, so they do not always do the right thing. Good people can be on bad shows, and bad people can be on good shows. So, Angus T. Jones can appreciate the people who worked with him and no longer enjoy the series.
A sitcom that objectifies people as things may have actors who appreciate each other's company and have strong relationships. Although sitcoms and movies reflect culture, they do not always reflect the actors. Anthony Hopkins as cannibal Hannibal Lecter is a great example of how actors are very different from their characters. Barney Stinson on How I met your Mother is the ultimate heterosexual misogynist who prides himself on the multitude of women who gave him sex. However, the actor who plays Stinson is incredibly homosexual. The pop culture ideal of heterosexual misogynistic victory who rejects the humanity of women is played by a staunch homosexual who has rejected women entirely.
Although sitcoms reflect culture, they do not always reflect the actors, so Angus T. Jones can appreciate the people who worked with him and appreciate their relationships, even though the series itself is devoid of genuine human connections. This means he has sent out a sincere apology for offending his co-workers and not apologize for his comments about the series with equal sincerity. Because actors are different from characters, an apology for offending the other employees and producers does not contradict his statements about the series. As for the future of the character,
Jones wasn't at the studio lot for a rehearsal on Tuesday. He's not scheduled to appear on the two episodes that are being filmed before the end of the year, said a person close to the show who spoke on condition of anonymity because Warner Bros. and CBS haven't commented publicly on Jones. His character has recently joined the Army and his airtime has been cut down.
This also indicates the sincerity of his comment about the series, but only time will prove the complete sincerity of his comments. All I can do is pray that Angus T. Jones stays with God and makes the right decisions for his own future.