I think we’ve all met those kids. You know the ones I’m talking about — kids who have been handed every luxury in life without having to struggle or experience hard times.
I’m just going to use the B word here: they’re brats. Angus T. Jones fits the profile. And he’s an ungrateful little snot as well, but most brats are.Jones, of course, has played Jake on the hit CBS show, “Two and a Half Men,” since 2003. In 10 seasons, Jones has grown up before our eyes on one of the most popular shows on television.
His current contract, signed in 2010, calls for him to be paid nearly $8 million over two years. Since then, Jones turned 18 and decided he is all grown up now with grown-up opinions.
Monday, he shared one in a taped interview posted to YouTube: “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.”
He continued: “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 the television and especially with what you watch on television. It’s bad news. I don’t know if it means anymore coming from me, but you might not have heard it otherwise.”
So Jones is really providing us with an education because we “might not have heard it otherwise.”
I am thinking a lot of words here: temerity, condescension and audacity come to mind.
So what does this have to do with religion? This: He notes at one point in the video that he doesn’t want to contribute “to the enemy’s plan,” and that people may view actors like himself and think, “Oh, 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. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show. You go all or nothing.”
See the full CNN account here.
Oh boy. So many things come to mind here. Personally, action impresses me. Condescension does not, particularly from a 19-year-old cashing million-dollar checks from a show he’s telling me not to watch.
How much of this should we pass off as kids being kids? I suppose it is admirable that he is taking a stand on something, although I’d find it more admirable if he simply stopped showing up for work.
I checked out Jones and he has performed a great deal of charity work for youth. In October 2009, Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer presented Jones with the award for the Rising Star of 2009 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Gala.
I was a Big Brother for many years, so that is an organization near and dear to me.
Do you find Jones’ commentary offensive or annoying in any way? Am I off-base here?