Shouldn't We Worry About Male Teen Stars, Too?

Sorry, Angus Jones, but all the focus is on the girls: Lux Alptraum
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011 3:27 PM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
In this undated publicity image released by CBS, from left, Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones and Conchata Ferrell are shown during the taping of "Two and a Half Men."   (AP Photo/CBS, Greg Gayne)
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(Newser) – A recent New York Times Magazine article about the challenges that a female teen star (Nickelodeon's Miranda Cosgrove) faces as she grows into adulthood struck Lux Alptraum more for what it didn't say: Why don't we worry about the boys as well? In that old boys-will-be-boys double-standard, we just assume they'll turn out fine no matter what, an attitude that does them a "tremendous disservice," he writes at Pop Culture Pen Pals.

Consider that, like Cosgrove, Angus T. Jones of Two and a Half Men fame also turns 18 this year. But unlike her, "he hasn’t spent the decade sheltered in the bosom of Nickelodeon—he’s spent it at the side of a womanizing, drug abusing, violent, emotionally disturbed man (yes, that would be Charlie Sheen)," writes Alptraum. "Given the two situations, I’m vastly more concerned about the long-term mental wellness of Jones—yet I’ve yet to see any columnists agonizing about his future."

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