Monday, December 10, 2012

Entertaining Thoughts on Two And A Half Men

Angus T Jones received a lot of smack from the internet community a few weeks ago because of the comments he shared regarding his show, Two and a Half Men. You can read about that here.

A cappella group courtesy of IMDB

He later responded with a clarification; he is no way ungrateful for the cast and crew with the show. And to be honest, this shouldn't need to be clarified. I watched his rant and did not for a second think that he was critical of his coworkers, of which he's known for years and of course will feel like family, but only of the material they air.

He was critical of the content.

If Angus Jones has indeed had a spiritual awakening recently (or more popular "religious experience" - though I caution his theology), then his experience is not all different from the apostle Paul, who within the same year of preaching Christ crucified was earlier crucifying Christians. Certainly Paul was seen as a hypocrite.

Yes, it is true that he makes more money off one episode than many people will make their entire life, this is not to say that he cannot have license to share his own opinion.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. - Romans 8:18

Of course in Jones' case suffering is public humiliation and ridicule, and what Paul is referring to is more akin to death. Nevertheless, it is confirmed that he will honour his contract and continue with the series.

Question: Is Angus right in choosing to honour his contract with the studio, or is the right approach to walk away completely given his new-found conscience?

It's a delicate question, one that since this controversy first opened I have been thinking about myself.

And as for the show itself, I was never a fan. I think there are better shows, but unfortunately content is also governed by ratings, and Two and a Half Men has been one of the top rated shows in recent years. Still, I can't help wonder what if a character from any show I do watch comes out and condemns it the same. What about an actor from our favourite movie? Or a singer from our favourite music group?

When it comes to discerning entertainment, there are no compromises that can be made. If the content does not produce good fruit, then that proverbial vine has to be cut down.

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