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To Angus T. Jones I say, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.”

I’ll be eating an angus beef burger in the meantime.

English: Angus T. Jones at a ceremony for Jon ...

English: Angus T. Jones at a ceremony for Jon Cryer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There isn’t much I know about 19year-old actor Angus T. Jones, other than he’s on a show I forgot still existed and Charlie Sheen was the star of until he went bat shitz crazy last year.  I vaguely recall reading a few years back how he was collecting over a quarter million per episode, and being baffled by it. And his name makes me want a burger. And with that my knowledge of Mr. Jones is summed up. Post the Charlie out Aston Kutcher in drama, I gave the show a couple 30min blocks of my life and found it to be “eh.”  But hey, I doubt they were ever trying to dazzle anyone with their content, and (somehow) that simplicity has kept them on the air.

Monday afternoon I came across this Gawker snippet and texted the following to a friend,

http://m.gawker.com/5963315/two-and-a-half-men-star-sees-the-light-tells-viewers-to-stop-watching-his-filthy-show?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Check out that link. Pretty interesting. Christian actor saying don’t watch his ‘filthy’ show…

To which she replied,

Wow. You know I had the most interesting conversation with a 7th day Adventist in the airplane home from TN! Their view of media and TV is WAY crazy and extreme. I’m glad that he knows Jesus. I’m sad that this is all probably going to end up hurting him as he’s speaking out the way he is. Thanks for sending this!!!!

I hadn’t actually watched said video yet, but just going off the description where he is calls the show that pays him now upwards of $350,000 an episode, “filth,” my first thought was, “Okay than quit the show.” Simple as that. Actions speak louder than words in many cases. Remember the last time an actor changed his faith belief in a big way…Growing Pains anyone? Before Kirk Cameron left mainstream to strictly participate in Christian acting, he caused a lot of issues. Read about it here, under the “production” heading. He was a literally a growing pain… (but when that show wrapped, he stopped working on productions in that format)

Is there anything inherently wrong with different viewpoints? No there certainly isn’t. We’re a country that famously stands on that. One person is allowed to talk just as much as another person is allowed to not listen. It’s the action next that makes all the different.  If you’re going speak it, the least you can do is set by example. I think this is where things get lost in translation for many. Setting by example does not mean forcing it down someone’s throat; it doesn’t mean bashing them till kingdom come. I doubt I need to site a list of specifics for you to catch my drift.

I respected magician Penn Jillette, a vocal atheist who likens religion to believing without evidence, a little

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas

English: Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

bit more when he spoke about receiving the gift of a bible from someone. Saying if you believe something to be so true and I might die if you don’t tell me about it, than you must hate me if you won’t speak.

Click here to watch the video

Sharing is caring. Angus has shared his testimony.

If you’re interested in more about his testimony sharing, how he was raised in a Christian church based school from kindergarten on up, but he didn’t discover God until the Seventh Day Adventists introduced him to capital H-I-M. Check out his Oct. 8, 2012 Testimony video at the Adventist Media Center, here

There he talks about his testimony and God keeping him from sex and drinking (not drugs though, he dabbled in that). Other links to videos of his testimony sharing can be found here.

Personally, I’m a bit more interested in actor Jim Caviezel. He’s openly spoken about what it’s felt like being ‘rejected in my own industry’ after he accepted the lead role in Mel Gibson’s 2004 movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Caviezel has commented that he was even warned against taking the part by Gibson who said, “You’ll never work in this town again.” To which he responded, and I’ve personally listen to him say to an audience of churchgoers in Hollywood, California, “We all have to embrace our crosses”.’

After Passion of the Christ, offers did dry up. He appeared in less than a handful of films for a long time. In 2011 we saw Caviezel finally make was looks to be a successful return to the acting stage, by way of the CBS show, Person of Interest. He made this choice to do the role, and people that might have called him for roles before, but didn’t after; they made their choices as well.

We’ve all heard or read actors all the time go on and on about how they crafted their careers, chose their roles because of its content (when they had them to choose from!) and whatnot, so to Angus T. Jones let me remind you that what you do with your money, how you earn it, and who you earn it from, these things all say something about you. They don’t define you, but are a part of your description.

Don’t tell me you “don’t want to be on it [Two and a Half Men]” one day, encourage myself and others in that same breath to, “please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth.”

Don’t say you’re sorry for saying exactly what you meant. You’re allowed to feel how you feel, just as much as others are allowed to get upset and kick you off the show for badmouthing it, if they want to. The same way you’re also allowed to break your contract, and leave the show. They will be allowed to take up whatever legal recourse they might see fit if they want to.

If you feel like you hurt your cast mates and crew by your choice of words, then craft your words in a way the first time you speak them. Lesson learned. So what you say won’t be confused and misused…

Because signing on for another season of the show for $8 million, saying, “I don’t think I would have been on the show if God hadn’t kind of pushed me into it. Because otherwise I genuinely didn’t want to do another year of the show.” Well that’s confusing.

Christopher Hudson, a controversial Seventh-day Adventist himself, and the person featured in the video with Jones, who only recently met him, and has admitted to never having watched an episode of “Men,” but agrees that it’s “filth.” Says something less confusing when he remarks,

“If I was in Angus’ shoes and had his spiritual awakening, I hope I would not continue on the program. But Angus is highly intelligent. Whatever decision he makes will be between him and the maker.”

Read more: NYDailyNews

I’m from the Show-Me-State of Missouri, ‘I’m skeptical of the matter and not easily convinced’, but it doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree with you, to still see your actions not standing up with your words. Frankly it’s boring.

On the plus side, I still find angus beef burgers utterly delicious, and Rainn Wilson’s spoof video hilarious.

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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