(Fight the New Drug) - Last summer, we posted a blog article that went viral titled, 5 Celebrities Who Hate Porn. We listed five well-known movie stars who have publicly spoken out about porn and its harmful effects, and number one on our list was actor/spokesperson Terry Crews. Crews is perhaps best known for his hilarious bicep-bulging Old Spice videos, but since achieving viral YouTube fame, Crews has gone on to become a legitimate force in Hollywood. He has had starring roles in successful TV series such as Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and has featured in high-grossing movies such as White Chicks, The Longest Yard, and The Expendables. He even hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for a while.
After seeing that we posted about him on our blog, Terry officially joined the #PornKillsLove movement by repping one of our popular Porn Kills Love tees and giving Fight the New Drug a shout out to his millions of followers.
As you can see, since becoming a bonafide celebrity, Crews has not shied away from talking about a big secret that he carried with him for much of his life. Crews first started being candid about his lifelong addiction to pornography in his book Manhood. He talked openly about how he was first addicted to porn at the age of 12 years old and how it continued all the way into adulthood, eventually deeply affecting his marriage to his wife, Rebecca. After facing many years of addiction and a tumultuous marriage that almost ended in divorce due to his porn use, Crews was able to break free and go on to be the success that he is today. And now he wants other people to break free from porn as well.
Crews has recently taken to his Facebook page with over 7 million+ followers to talk about his “dirty little secret” as he calls it. By using Facebook’s new live video feature for celebrities, Crews has been live streaming real talk sessions about his past struggle with pornography, how it affected his life, and how he broke free.
“This thing has become a problem, I think it’s a worldwide problem,” Terry says in his first Dirty Little Secret video. “Pornography really messed up my life in a lot of ways.
Some people deny it and say, ‘Hey man you can’t really be addicted to pornography, there’s no way.’ But I’ll tell you something: if day turns into night and you’re still watching, you probably got a problem. And that was me.”
He talked about how pornography consumed his life by becoming a secret that he was able to keep hidden for years. Despite being able to keep it a secret from everyone, he said that it started to corrupt his relationship with his wife.
“My wife was literally like, ‘I don’t know you anymore, I’m out of here,'” he continued. “This is a major, major problem, I literally had to go to rehab for it.”
“My issue was, and is with pornography,” Crews continued, “Is that 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 encouraged porn viewers to put the issue out into the light and break free by no longer keeping it a secret. He concluded by saying he didn’t quit porn to get his wife back, but to get his life back.
The video has received over 2 million views and Crews has since come out with Dirty Little Secret 2 another live video, this time taken while driving in his convertible through Los Angeles.
Terry Crews using his fame and large social audience as a platform to talk about the real scientific harms of pornography has been a huge step in the right direction for our generation that has grown up with unlimited access to internet porn. By having people like Terry be bold enough to take a stand on this issue, we are seeing conversations getting started and perceptions starting to change.
Update: Crews recently posted Dirty Little Secret 3, an 11-minute video where he talked about what he learned about pornography addiction through rehab and therapy. Since then, news outlets like CNN and The Today Show have since been covering Crews’ candid message about overcoming pornography.