You might remember Terry Crews from his delightfully weird Old Spice commercials, but now he’s gone and done something even weirder: he’s teamed up with the Mormon anti-porn group “Fight the New Drug” and started publishing anti-porn/anti-masturbation Facebook videos. He’s made at least three so far, which makes our sexy-time fantasies about him feel pretty weird too.
In his videos, Crew proclaims himself as a reformed porn addict whose love of skin-flicks nearly ruined his marriage. He says, “It changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts. They become things to be used rather than people to be loved.” He adds:
“Every time you look at pornography is a desire for intimacy. You are trying to fight your feelings of being alone by filling it with pornography in an attempt to feel that you are with someone and you know someone. But the problem is pornography is an intimacy killer.”
Even though some scientists argue that porn-addiction doesn’t really exist, Crews says that anxiety, depression and loneliness fueled his porn-dependence, and he’s not the only one who feels that porn is potentially destructive. The openly gay creators of the popular YouTube series ASAP Science have argued that porn negatively affects the brain’s physiology as well.
But it’s not so much Crew’s message that bothers us, but rather that his affiliation with Fight the New Drug involves an anti-gay Mormon founder, as New York Magazine reports:
Since 2014, when he published his memoir, Manhood, Crews has been proselytizing against pornography and its harms. Along the way, he linked up with Mormon anti-porn group Fight the New Drug, which is most notable for the “PORN KILLS LOVE/FIGHT FOR LOVE” billboards plastered across San Francisco late last year. Though the group denies direct ties to the Mormon church, every founding member is Mormon, and as the Daily Beast reported last year, FTND’s director of research, Dr. Jason Carroll, is a Brigham Young University professor who’s repeatedly argued that same-sex marriage will not only cause the nation’s fertility rates to plummet, but also weaken the very “connection of heterosexual men to marriage and fatherhood.”
The whole situation reminds us of Ethan Renoe, the hunky shirtless jogger who’s turned out to be a member of an anti-gay prayer group dedicated to saving gays from their empty promiscuous lives. Crews probably doesn’t hate gays — even though he had a “gay scare” scene in the 2004 film White Chicks, in 2013 he lamented the hardships openly gay football players like Michael Sam face in the NFL. Rather, we’re saying that even though Crew’s heart is in the right place, his company is in the wrong one.