As was previously reported yesterday, Angus T. Jones – the improbably named actor who plays the “Half Man” on the improbably popular sitcom Two and a Half Men - did an interview with a Christian website in which he said he didn’t want to be on the show, encouraged people to stop watching the show, and implicitly called the show “filth”. He did not however announces plans to leave the show nor offer to give back any of the millions of dollars he’s made for appearing on it. Jones is currently paid $350,000 per episode of the deeply cruel, misogynist sitcom.
By close of business Tuesday (Pacific Time) Jones’s “people” clearly were worried that this lucrative arrangement was in danger and wrote up and released this statement in his name:
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.
Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family.
Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.
I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that.
The Jones vs. Two and a Half Men contretemps seem to have also somehow opened a time portal to early last year because they’ve created a reason for Charlie Sheen to start making crazy statements to the entertainment press again. Sheen predictably blames his old enemy Chuck Lorre for the problems saying to TMZ “I dare anyone to spend 10 years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.”
Sheen also seems to be getting back into his beat poet free associative mode, telling People magazine that Jones is suffering a “Hale-Bopp like meltdown” referencing for some reason a mostly forgotten 1997 news story in which members of the “Heaven’s Gate” cult committed mass suicide in hopes of somehow reaching an alien spacecraft connected to the Hale-Bopp comet.
It may seem natural to want to side with Jones’s attempt, however hamhanded, to stand up for some form of decent values and against a truly mean-spirited, terrible piece of pop culture, but it should be noted that Jones’s “religious mentor” in this, Christopher Hudson, is basically crazy. The Seventh Day Adventist preacher gained some notoriety in 2009 for making a documentary alleging that Jay-Z is a Freemason and that all of the works of Jay-Z, as well as Kanye West and Rihanna, are part of a vast Freemason/Satanist conspiracy. He also believes that Michael Jackson’s death was a conspiracy, a cover up for Pope Benedict’s establishment of a “New World Order,” among many other idiosyncratic beliefs.