Your views on religion aside, this is a shithead move on Angus T. Jones' part: In a video clip posted today by a church organization called the Forerunner Chronicles, the child star announced that he is born-again, he doesn't want to be on "Two and a Half Men" anymore and, importantly, he encourages everyone to stop watching that "filth." The full video is below, but here's a relevant quote:
"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, please stop filling your head with filth.
"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 on television. It's bad news."
I'm not a "Two and a Half Men" fan—at all—but this reeks of hypocrisy to me. Jones has made $300,000 an episode since 2010, and his paychecks before then weren't small beans either. Details on his 2010 contract are scarce, but you also have to believe he has negotiated for some kind of royalty system as the show enters syndication. Meaning, not only has the show made him a very rich 19-year-old, it'll make him even richer for the rest of his life.
Now, you continues to collect these paychecks while attempting to torpedo your own show, which will affect the lives of middle-class cameramen, gaffers, assistants, etc. who will be left behind to find work if the show tanks after one of the leads wants to call it quits? Fuck that. Your newly found religious conscience hasn't stopped you from making, and continuing to make, your millions. The same can't be said for whoever lower than you on the set is hurt by this. Even Kirk Cameron didn't tell his fans to stop watching "Growing Pains."
Here's the video in which Jones announces his "conversion." The first minute-and-a-half contains, easily, the most awkward bonding between Jones and his pastor in the history of bromance bonding. Not only does Jones say he was looking for a "black church," which led him to Forerunner, he breaks out the ol' "I call black people black instead of 'African-American' because of X" speech to his black pastor. It's brutal.
Oh, and this is good. Jones says a video the church produced on A$AP Rocky's "Satanic" ties also led him to the church. Feast your eyes on this bit of inspired lunacy:
Seriously, though, here's the bottom line: Return every cent you've made off the show. Donate all the royalties, too. Not only will it make your statements not be utter bullshit, it'll be good karma for helping to unleash "Two and a Half Men" on the world.