Two And A Half Men . . . And A Hypocrite

Angus T. Jones has a curious way of demonstrating his deep Christian faith. Jones is shown in a new video denouncing the show “Two and a Half Men” as “filth” and a danger to Christian children and values. The problem is that Jones plays Jake Harper on the show and receives a reported $350,000 an episode. You may recall that Charlie Sheen was kicked off the show for making disparaging comments about the show and “dangerously self-destructive conduct.” While Sheen was not fired under a “morality clause,” such provisions are common in television contracts. Could denouncing the show as immoral violate the Morality Clause?

Jones’ comments came in a video for the Forerunner Christian Church. The 19-year-old actor told the faithful “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it. If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching it and 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.”

He then appears to struggle with the fact that he is producing the very “filth” that he is condemning: “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan … You cannot 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.”

His learning curve appears to include continuing to rack up almost $400,000 an episode for this “filth.”

Jones reportedly also warned against the onslaught on faith as an attendee of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Los Angeles:
“I have always gone to a Christian school since I was in kindergarten, but my faith was basically non-existent… School started to take a back seat more and more through high school. Two or three years ago my parents started have marital issues and started to go through the process of getting a divorce. 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.” He did proclaim however that he was able to remain a virgin because “right then this cleansing phenomenon and presence came into me… I felt like I had just accepted God.” That again led him to denounce his own show: “My television show has nothing to do with God and doesn’t want anything to do with God, so it is a strange position I am put in.” It is probably doubtful that Chuck Lorre would go for “Two and a Half Men and God” in the coming season.

Jones insists that he is required to continue to make unGodly filth: “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.” The reason appears to be a filth peddler.

It will be interesting to see how Lorre approaches these comments after the Sheen controversy. I have never seen the show and do not watch prime time television. I am perfectly willing to believe that it is a sleaze fest. Jones was attending religious schools (according to some interviews) when he signed the contract. It is not clear if he thought the show was a PBS production, but it clearly did not bother him at that time.

However, assuming that Jones found God after signing the contract, I would be interested if his lawyers have made an overture to the producers to seek an early departure from the contract. It would seem unimaginable for Jones to continue to accept the money for producing filth that destroys the souls of unwitting children. It would be reminiscent of the famous Churchillian story about “price.” According to legend, Winston Churchill once asked a socialite if she would sleep with him for 1 million pounds. When she admitted that she would, he offered one pound. “Winston! What sort of woman do you think I am?,” the woman objected. He responded, “We have already established what you are, now we are just haggling over price.”

The most interesting question is whether Lorre could fire Jones under a morality clause and other provision. The comments of Jones not only actively discourage viewers but could discourage advertisers in supporting what one of the actors calls unadulterated filth.

If he has the same contract as Sheen, the studio asserted a general basis for termination based on failure to perform his required duties and a provision that allows termination for an act “which constitutes a felony offense involving moral turpitude under federal, state, or local laws, or in indicted or convicted of any such offense.” That would not fit an act denouncing moral turpitude, presumably. Moreover, actors should be allowed to have and espouse faith. What makes this more interesting is that the espousal of faith was the act of denouncing the show as evil.

The specific grounds might not matter. Presumably, Jones would not contest a termination since he has said that he is miserable in his current role. If so, who would challenge? Of course, if they fired him for moral turpitude, it could lead to an interesting lawsuit where an actor who denounced the show as immoral would fight to continue to make the immoral show rather than be declared immoral.

This is why I watch football. It is easier to follow.

Source: Fox

86 thoughts on “Two And A Half Men . . . And A Hypocrite”

  1. Angus subscribes to the church of the almighty dollar.

    If he is so professing adhering the the will of God why would an earthly human construct such as a contract matter?

    Sometimes you can pay people too much and a few of them act rather spoiled.

  2. Tony I am not a lawyer either but for the arguments sake i would want to know more facts before ‘judging’ this kid harshly….I read in one of the billion articles out there that his mother thinks he is being exploited by the church….maybe there is some exploitation going on somewhere around this kiddo….reminds me of the Robt Blake story which is sad and awful…the one thing I am sure of is that this show is overdue to jump the shark …

  3. @Woosty: I am not a lawyer; but I have read in the entertainment literature that parents cannot sign a contract for a child actor that extends beyond their eighteenth birthday. The become an adult, the parent is no longer their guardian, and cannot commit them past that date.

    I presume that is true; it makes sense. For example, do you think a parent could sign a 17 year old to a twenty year contract?

    Angus is a mentally able 19 year old, if a contract exists I presume HE signed it of his own free will on or after his 18th birthday when he reached the age of majority. Unless he became emancipated before then; but then it was still his choice.

  4. Nal
    1, November 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    Let me see if I’ve got this straight – Angus gets to hang around with gorgeous women and make a pile of money to boot. Instead of seeing himself as blessed by God, he wants to quit.

    God just can’t catch a break.
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    🙂

  5. I wonder what is the legal age for entering into the contract, He may not have signed it on his own but now as an adult he should get an attorney and get out of it.
    It seems like there must be some grounds for the company to release him, or sue him, whichever comes first, as he may well be alienating viewers which in turn may reduce ad revenues – the ultimate point of any TV show: bring in the money.
    Justagurl my goodness you sure are fighting for this sitcom. I personally found it insulting and juvenile from the get go so have never been a fan.
    My father’s favorite saying (which I always hated ((*_*)) ) ‘different strokes for different folks’.

  6. @Frankly: The main theme of the show really had nothing to do with women specifically, perhaps you are just sex-obsessed. Gurl is right, Charlie was in love and in consensual relationships; he didn’t trick the women into sleeping with him.

    The main theme of the show was that life was hilariously unfair; it was the juxtaposition of Jon Cryer cast as an unloved, earnest fumbler that (usually) couldn’t catch a break, including the fact that he was forced to beg favors from Charlie Sheen living an undeserved, carefree life of nothing but one lucky break after another. The endless supply of women for attractive Charlie wasn’t the theme, it was just another galling, unfair thorn in the side of unattractive Alan. His inability to find women that do not exploit him is another crap sandwich for Alan. Being taken for everything in a divorce from a vindictive witch was the crap salad that launched the show; the fiction that his mother, his son, and all women like Charlie better than him is the crap dessert.

  7. TonyC,

    Can’t imagine anybody disagreeing with this, at least here at JTs’

    I think a sitcom that gives a young kid a warped view of human relationships is a kid raised by an incompetent parent that has failed to teach their child a critical life lesson, the difference between reality and a fantasy that can be engineered to produce any outcome the writer may imagine.
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    When will they find a baby shot to cure or inoculate with?
    Considering all the crap of this type which all too many parents have absorbed, and acted out in their life, then there is needed a shot against the parents as role models too.

  8. “I do not believe it is moral to sign a contract to perform in a role and then, after collecting pay for years, try to get out of your contract by claiming some new found moral discomfort. Angus is betraying a business partner, and that is immoral.~Tony C.
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    I don’t know anything about his contract, who signed it, how old he was when it was signed, what the conditions of the contract were, what stipulations he made regarding content and the usage of his name blah blah blah….maybe the contract is 5 years old….he just turned 19 in October….he has agreed to finish out the contract which goes to the end of this season…..if the content of the show has deviated significantly from when he signed it or was led to believe….maybe he is rightfully protecting his image…..maybe he was hit on the head by a righteous brick and it opened his eyes to his behaviour….maybe since he has been on this show since he was 10 years old and now he is 19 and exploring more of the world on his own as opposed to having it fed to him by his handlers, he is seeing things in a more truthfull way…..maybejustmaybe…. besides, you wanna talk moral and contracts? have I got a story for you….

  9. gurl – the way Charlie used & discarded them is how that term got there. I wouldn’t call them sluts but Charlie did – dodging them after sex, lying and ignoring them.The couple that actually turn the tables & dumped him became the exception. But there is still a constant stream of women using sex to get what they wanted from Allen constantly and Charlie occasionally.

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    @ Frankly….

    Well, I guess you and I saw it differently then….

    He had relationships and fell in love quite often….
    Then when a relationship would break off… he would do what many
    young, good looking, single people do…..
    Go out and have fun…..

    as for the women getting what they want…. other than Kandi.. Allen did NOT have anything for them to go after…..
    and Charlie dated a LOT of successful women….
    so, I just don’t see it the way you do…..

  10. Let me see if I’ve got this straight – Angus gets to hang around with gorgeous women and make a pile of money to boot. Instead of seeing himself as blessed by God, he wants to quit.

    God just can’t catch a break.

  11. gurl – the way Charlie used & discarded them is how that term got there. I wouldn’t call them sluts but Charlie did – dodging them after sex, lying and ignoring them.The couple that actually turn the tables & dumped him became the exception. But there is still a constant stream of women using sex to get what they wanted from Allen constantly and Charlie occasionally.

    The main themes of the show were Charlies use of women as receptacles and women using sex to get what they want out of men. Neither is a healthy attitude to grow up with.

    Note particularly the episodes with “April” and the divorce.

  12. I’ve never watched the show but the two clips were funny.

    I think he’s in a phase of religiosity. By the time he’s 21 or 22 he may have passed through it, or not. He should be let out of his contract if that’s what he wants. He seems like a pretty good actor so he should be offered roles in more “wholesome” productions. Or he can go the way of most child actors and go into an entirely different career.

  13. @Woosty: I don’t believe that forcing someone to do something against their will is moral…

    I do not believe it is moral to sign a contract to perform in a role and then, after collecting pay for years, try to get out of your contract by claiming some new found moral discomfort. Angus is betraying a business partner, and that is immoral.

  14. Aw, he’s pissed because his character’s been written out of the plots for all practical purposes. He should be thankful to his Jebus that he’s making so much money for doing so little when kids in the real world are having to really enlist in the AVF or flip burgers or work at car washes when they don’t have the cash to go to college!

  15. @Nick: Because the blog post is about an actor on Two and a Half Men, and whether his opinion of his show as “evil” is warranted. It is not a general fan forum for discussing all TV shows. And whether a TV series is “good” is a subjective matter; I personally thought Two and a Half Men was good, some years ago. In retrospect, probably before Charlie Sheen got carried away with his addiction problems.

  16. ‘Could denouncing the show as immoral violate the Morality Clause?’
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    “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and I don’t want to be on it. ” ~Angus

    “If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan … You cannot 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.”~Angus

    I don’t know about what morality clause but I don’t believe that forcing someone to do something against their will is moral…especially if it involves a contract made by 3rd parties.

    and yes, the show has definitely evolved into territory far beyond what it initially offerred, as usual, upping the shock value to increase ratings.

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