You remember the classic fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Against overwhelming social pressure, a young boy alone has the courage and good sense to state what everyone else was denying—that the king was parading around in his underwear!
Well, we now have another young truth-teller pointing out the obvious. Not about an emperor’s wardrobe or lack thereof, but about a popular TV sitcom that has made millions for the entertainment industry even while, to borrow a well-worn phrase from Daniel Patrick Moynihan, it has defined deviancy down.
“If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’” this young TV critic says, “please stop watching … Please stop filling your head with filth.” It’s the kind of verbal—if you’ll pardon the pun—dressing down of Hollywood decadence we don’t often hear these days.
What makes it all the more striking is its source. The critic of “Two and a Half Men,” is also one of its stars—19-year old Angus T. Jones, the proverbial “half a man” in the show’s title.
Unlike a lot of people on TV and in the movies, Jones doesn’t gloss over the fact that what we watch can be harmful to our souls. “If I am doing any harm,” he said, “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan.” Wow!
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I do support Jones. I think he’s calling it as he sees it and I doubt he’d allow one of his children to work on such a tawdry, degrading show. His life is taking an interesting turn.