Yesterday, we discussed the Angus T. Jones situation. Angus was seen on a “video testimonial” for his evangelical (?) church, publicly bad-mouthing his show, Two and a Half Men. Angus called the show “filth” and declared “I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth.” I’m pretty laissez faire about everyone’s religious beliefs, and I don’t understand why everyone is like “OMG, the kid is part of a Christian cult!” Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Whatever is going on, it’s his business. My only criticism of Angus is that he’s a terrible hypocrite for cashing his Two and a Half Men checks all while bad-mouthing his show to his church. I mean, obviously, his show is total crap. But if he’s going to whine about it to his church, he should stop taking the “dirty” money.
Well, yesterday there was some back and forth amongst various “sources” and Chuck Lorre, the creator and executive producer of Two and a Half Men, seemed to be giving Angus some space to publicly clarify his comments. I guess Lorre is still licking his wounds from the Charlie Sheen mess (where both Chuck and Charlie came across like total a—holes), so there were no big public attacks on Angus. Angus got the message, and he sort of apologized. It’s one of those “I’m sorry you were offended, I’m sorry if you took my words the wrong way” non-apologies though. Here’s Angus’s full statement:
“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 ten 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.”
Can this be over now? I think his apology (-ish) was good enough. I don’t believe that Angus was misquoted or taken out of context in his video testimonial, I think he was saying how he really feels, but I think this “apology” is also how he feels too – that he’s happy to be employed, and he enjoyed his years on Two and a Half Men. I don’t know, maybe I’m giving him too much credit. He’s only 19 years old, and he’s trying to find his way, and it’s getting messy.
Charlie Sheen has had a lot to say about this mess too, claiming that Angus is part of a cult and Charlie blames Chuck Lorre. Sheen said, “Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube yesterday. I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.” Say what you will about Charlie’s crackheadedness (and you can say a lot), but the man has a way with words. I love “hive of oppression”. That’s an excellent turn of phrase.
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