Actor asks if porn has ‘ruined’ his chance for a happy marriage
By Cheryl Wetzstein
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Washington Times
Anti-pornography groups are applauding a video made by comedic actor Russell Brand where he talks — seriously — about his past use of pornography and why he is worried about its social and personal harms.
Gary R. Brooks said in an open letter to Mr. Brand on Wednesday.
“Ironically, your spontaneous and authentic style may be the very antidote needed to help others honestly examine pornography’s destructive influence in their lives and ultimately share that wisdom with others,” they wrote, signing themselves as “your new fans.”
National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
But he recognized the mass “commodification” of pornography, which didn’t sit well with him, given his own past as a sex addict who pursued “hanky-panky like it was a job,” as he wrote in his 2007 book, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up.”
“I was obsessed with porn as a teen,” he said, joking about how back then, boys had to scramble and hunt for magazines under people’s beds.
Online porn and advertising and marketing displays of soft-pornography have caused many people’s views of sex to become “warped and perverted” and “deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means for procreation,” said Mr. Brand, who intentionally closes his laptop at the end of his video as an authentic way to find happiness.
National Center on Sexual Exploitation said Wednesday.