Two and a Half Men co-star Angus T. Jones has been in
the media spotlight the past few days for his negative comments
about the TV program. Though he has apologized for his comments, an
analyst points out that he did not recant his proclamation about
the show's crude content.
Jones apologized Tuesday for a series of interviews
in which he denounced his own show. Speaking to a Seventh-day
Adventist media outlet, the 19-year-old last month called the CBS comedy "filth" and "very
inappropriate." He has cited his religious awakening for his change
in attitude toward life and work.
Dan Gainor, vice president
of business and culture at the Media Research Center (MRC), speculates whether
Jones was pressured to rescind his comments.
"The man just turned 19, has just had a religious awakening.
Most of his career on the show he has spent underage, when other
people were signing contracts for him," Gainor notes. "So, now that
he's an adult, he can start making decisions for himself, and he's
clearly not happy about it."
Jones, who reportedly makes $350,000 an episode, issued a
statement Tuesday saying, "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
"God really is having a hand in his life, because that show,
it's the core of what we have a problem with in our society, where
we celebrate all that is bad; we celebrate sex without
consequences," Gainor laments. "It's oh, you're supposed to be
cheating; you're supposed to be fooling around; you're supposed to
be doing everything under the sun. And if you're not, there's
something wrong with you -- That's the message that
Hollywood tells our kids."
Two and a Half Men, which has seen its ratings tumble
this fall with a move to Thursdays, is now behind The Big Bang
Theory and Modern Family in the comedy ratings.