When Angus T. Jones started playing the half man on Two and a Half Men, he was about 10 years old. Two and a Half Men was definitely an adult situation comedy and it was originally slotted in the late evening. It now plays on Fox in the early evening here in Columbus, and it is definitely not for children.
As we watched the show over the years, we wondered what impact the show and its raunchy script might have on Angus. It turns out that Angus found religion in the form of the Seventh Day Adventists, and whatever negative direction he might have taken has now been redirected.
Angus has now denounced the TV show and insists that people should not be watching the show because of its content. He is correct that it depicts men as shallow women chasers and shows the depravity of too much money in the wrong hands. It is definitely not a show to be viewed by young children up to an including early teenagers. Oral sex under the table by an ex-wife is not kiddy fare. The new version follows the same plot line as the old version; fast sex, excess booze and sneaking out the back door.
It is good that Angus recognizes the content of the show is not spiritual, and it takes courage to denounce a show that has made him wealthy. It may mean the end of the show, or at least Angus’ involvement. Angus is currently making $300,000 per episode so this is not a light decision. It is not likely that the plots and roles can be changed enough to allow Angus to continue. There is no convenient plot twist that can have Angus’ role switched as was done with Charley Sheen.
It is suggested that Two and a Half Men is not any more destructive of moral values than the soap operas and video games. At an age when children are most responsive to direction, the soap operas are there to set an example of society that is very twisted. The reality shows provide more examples for children and young adults to see cheating, control, paternity issues, and foul language between angry participants. The many different “judge” shows show the same lack of values and regard for others.
The video games are supposed to be rated by age, but they are inappropriate for all ages. There is no assurance that the games that involve blowing the heads off opponents or running them down with automobiles will not be acted out. At a minimum this desensitizes the game players to the violence that appears in the games.
There are some good shows that portray adult situations that are on at an appropriate time of the night. Parenthood on NBC portrays a wide variety of life situations with candor and with feeling that makes it worthy viewing. The subjects include PTS in war veterans, mixed race marriages, and many other real life situations.
Angus has now disavowed any negative impact that his interview may have had on his fellow cast members and crew. He is right about the moral issues. This show is by no means alone in fostering negative influences on young viewers. He will have to come to his own resolution of the dilemma of religious conflict with economic pressures. Welcome to the real world, Angus. You are no longer a half man.