19-year-old television star Angus T. Jones received a whole lot of flak for telling viewers that they should not watch his show “Two and a Half Men” because it’s “filling your head with filth.” (A sentiment I agree with… but for completely different reasons — it’s just an awful show.)
But Stephen Baldwin — you may remember him from his role in The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas or… oh, who are we kidding, you know him as Alec Baldwin‘s super-religious brother — totally has Jones’ back:
“It just sounds like Angus is having an authentic experience with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a serious thing,” Baldwin said in a recent interview with Good Morning America. “A real, true walk of Christianity is very difficult, quite radical. It seems to me he was a young man when he started and now he’s kind of come into his own and he’s connected with his pastor.”
Yeah, Christianity is really tough. It must be difficult biting the hand that feeds you so hard. And the “real, true walk of Christianity” is a stellar example of that weird thing where religious people always think they’re the ones being “true” Christians, Muslims, etc. Everyone else is doing it slightly differently and is, therefore, wrong.
Anyway, Baldwin continues:
“I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. Again, he meant to probably have it come out differently,” Baldwin explained. “He didn’t want to offend [show creator] Chuck Lorre or any of the people from the show or be disrespectful, but I think he authentically means what he says where he finds now if you hold up the content of his show to the Bible, what he’s saying is, ‘Now there’s a conflict for me.’”
That last statement holds true even without referencing the show…
In all seriousness, though, a part of me feels for Jones. If I were under contract from the age of nine to be working on a show, and then, as I grew older, I realized, “Holy cow, this show is super homophobic,” maybe I would react in a similar way. Then, another part of me thinks, “This kid makes more than ten times more money per episode than you do in a year. He’ll be fine.”
But, hey, Angus! You’ve always got this guy in your corner:
I’m just waiting for the #Baldwinning hashtag to go viral.