There may be more to Angus T. Jones’ YouTube video meltdown than religious conversion, according to a report by Newsweek’s Daily Beast.
The controversial video focused on the young “Two and a Half Men” star — which you can see by clicking here — delves into Jones’ interest in the Seventh-Day Adventist ministry ForeRunner Chronicles and presents him as an acolyte of the group’s unconventional pastor, Christopher Hudson.
But it also contains the “interesting tidbit” that Jones “began experimenting with LSD prior to stumbling across the radical organization’s videos online,” the piece reports.
“The summer of senior year, I started doing acid,” the report quotes Jones as saying. “This drug could change the world … if this was legal, everyone would be different.”
The story reports: “Jones’ comments about the transformative powers of the drug echo those famously made by Apple founder Steve Jobs in the 2005 book ‘What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer.’
“’Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life,’ said Jobs, further alleging that Microsoft’s Bill Gates would ‘be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once.’”
The article notes that Jones’ use of acid appears to differ from Jobs’ case in that it was more than mere experimentation. “His parents had recently split and Jones describes in the video being haunted by feelings of inauthenticity; that he had, in essence, become a materialistic windbag who purchased fancy cars and dated girls, but felt empty inside,” the piece reports.
The story also examines Hudson, the pastor, noting that he “delivers bizarre sermons online. Some of Hudson’s greatest hits: accusing rapper Jay-Z of being a devil-worshipping Freemason; denouncing Oprah Winfrey as a disciple of Satan; declaring masturbation a sin; and calling superstorm Sandy a harbinger of a food-shortage crisis and cannibalism.”
Jones tells Hudson in the video: “Your videos have no doubt been a blessing to me,” and adds, “I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan … You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like [‘Two and a Half Men’]. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.”
Jones, whose salary for “Men” is reported to be $350,000 per episode, has apologized for his comments on the YouTube video.