Update: Angus has apologized, surprise surprise.
So the internet has something pretty weird for us this Monday morning: It appears that Angus T. Jones, the “half” from CBS’ Two and a Half Men, has found religion. And not just any run-of-the-mill faith, but a seemingly radical offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist movement. Angus has been drawn in by Christopher Hudson, perhaps better known by his title Forerunner.
Two videos purporting to be “Angus Jones’ Testimony” have appeared on YouTube in the past 24 hours, with the 19-year-old talking about how he got into acting, dropping acid, and — here’s the most surprising part — deriding the show that’s been his bread and butter for the past ten years. Get ready, because it’s pretty jarring. In fact, it kind of reminds us of when Charlie Sheen went off the rails… except, the exact opposite of being on drugs:
“People see me and they’re like, ‘Whoa, you’re Jake!’ I see this guy [gestures at Hudson], and I’m like, ‘Dang, man of God, Forerunner, right here. I can touch him, I can give him a hug…’ Like, seriously. God is great. It’s just, like, one of those things.
“Jake from Two and a Half Men, means nothing. He is a non-existent character. If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, and especially with what you watch.
“It’s bad news… I don’t know if it means any more coming from me, but you might not have heard it otherwise. So just watch out. A lot of people don’t like to think about how deceptive the enemy is. He’s been doing this for a long longer than any of us have been around. So we can’t play around. There’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”
I found the videos through Reddit—and the fact that they believe it makes me inclined to think this is real. In other interviews, Angus certainly doesn’t come across as very attached to his racy sitcom, or an acting career in general. Add to that the fact that Sheen already jumped ship, and though Ashton Kutcher is a fine replacement, the show’s definitely seen better days.
Then again, we live in a culture where actors will perpetuate year-long hoaxes as performance art or simply to reinvigorate their careers. Consider that Joaquin Phoenix had us half-believing that he’d quit acting to become a bearded rapper. He played off people’s stunned reactions to his antics; Angus could be doing the same here, mocking Two and a Half Men‘s haters by calling the show immoral. Also, are we supposed to infer that he’s calling creator Chuck Lorre ”the enemy”? Or maybe he’s calling out Satan in general.
Watch the whole testimony and judge for yourself, if you want. The part I quoted above comes in Part 2, around 7 minutes in.
If you look at Forerunner’s other videos, you’ll see that he’s a proponent of the ever-popular Jay-Z/Illuminati theory. So, it’s definitely difficult to take him seriously. Are he and Angus setting out to troll everyone, or has this young star been that brainwashed by a crackpot? Only time will tell.
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