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WHAT’S IN THE WATER AT TWO AND A HALF MEN?

November 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

How is it that two stars of the same hit television show each wound up attempting to commit career suicide? On Tuesday one of the men, Charlie Sheen, offered this assessment of the video showing Angus T. Jones (the other man, or “half” a man) calling Two and a Half Men ungodly “filth” and urging people not to watch it: “I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is [executive producer] Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami,” Sheen told the gossip website TMZ.com. Sheen’s comment came shortly after Jones released a statement apologizing to Lorre and the others connected with the show “if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues.” But his apology contained no retraction of his earlier statement. Meanwhile, reports indicate that those on the show and Jones’s family are concerned that the 19-year-old, who reportedly is paid $350,000 per episode, has been “brainwashed” by the man seated next to him in his controversial video, Christopher Hudson, creator of the website ForeRunner Chronicles, a religious extremist who has forecast that God will punish New York with a food shortage so severe that people will resort to cannibalism. He has called masturbation a sin and compared President Obama’s health care plan with Hitler’s. E! News on Tuesday cited a source as saying that Jones’s mother Carey is concerned “that he is going to give away all his money to the church.” But the young actor has found many supporters, especially among conservatives. On Breitbart.com, one commenter remarked that Jones’s “family is worried about a gravy train derailment,” and added, “This kid has it right, pop culture is corrupting this nation.” Another said, “It astounds me that when people actually convert to the culture of Christianity, friends and relatives start thinking brainwashing.” Meanwhile, Chuck Lorre has attracted a few supporters himself, among them Orlando Sentinel TV critic Hal Boedeker, who asked in today’s (Wednesday) column, “What did the executive producer of Two and a Half Men do to deserve such bad behavior by actors?” Boedeker suggests that Jones should be dealt with as Sheen was: he should be allowed to leave “for his own sake but also for creative reasons. … Sad to say, he doesn’t bring a lot to Men anymore. When he was young, he was cute. Now he’s simply awkward and not particularly funny.” And the website TVbytheNumbers.com headlined: “CBS: Ignore the Crazy Actor.”