As you’ve probably heard by now, 19-year-old Angus T. Jones told religious website Forerunner Chronicles that Two and a Half Men is “filth” and that decent folks should stop tuning in to CBS’ inexplicable ratings juggernaut.
Jones has co-starred on Men since its 2003 debut. He has been a Seventh Day Adventist for a minute.
Despite his deep religious objections to a show focused on fart jokes, sex jokes, and farting during sex jokes, Jones took a PR hit (and possibly a contract up-side the head) for his rant, which tore up the interwebz on Monday. Late yesterday (Nov. 27), Jones apologized:
“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.”
Now here’s where we get to hand out the scolding that his parents should have been on top of.
Listen, Angus, you can apologize for disrespecting your co-workers. You can apologize for being a clod. Both are very grown-up-type things to do. But you can’t back off what was supposedly a principled stand. In short, there’s no crime in biting the hand that feeds you, as long as you don’t ask for seconds.
It will suck. We will look at you gape-mouthed and wonder if you know how bad the economy is right now. We will bad-mouth you for a few weeks, until your former co-star Charlie Sheen does something hilarious. If you cared enough to put your cash cow on the line, Angus, you have to show you care enough to walk away. Take the PR hit, assume the lawsuit position, and get used to wearing Airwalks instead of Adidas. If you don’t, you’ve betrayed everyone at once.
*Files away in manila envelope labeled ‘Plots Against Two and a Half Men.’*