Terry Crews leads call to ‘defund Pornhub’

The actor shared that he once struggled with an addiction to porn

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Terry Crews poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ritz Carlton on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

While activists and organizations like Black Lives Matter are fighting to defund police, actor, Terry Crews has decided to instead take a stance against PornHub.

The controversial entertainer who is no stranger to making headlines for his views is making waves once again after he posted a tweet on Tuesday, that simply read, “DEFUND PORNHUB @FightTheNewDrug”

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His hashtag #FightTheNew Drug references a non-profit that aims to “provide awareness of [pornography’s] harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts.”

The organization also makes it clear that it is not affiliated with any religion or political party.

While on the surface, Crew’s message has good intentions, his followers quickly pointed out that Pornhub isn’t publicly funded nor does it receive government money. His crusade to defund the site, therefore, doesn’t make sense and makes light of the current “defund the police” social justice campaign sparked in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

“I’m pretty sure it’s self-sustaining and taxes do not go towards an online pornographic streaming service,” responded one user, echoing what appeared to a sentiment shared by many.

Despite the inaccuracy of his post, the America’s Got Talent host has been open in the past about his previous battles with porn addiction. Crews hosted a “No Porn Quarantine” Instagram Live at the beginning of the pandemic, where he urged people to resist the urge to gorge on pornography.

He also called out companies like Pornhub for giving away free premium memberships.

“This virus and the quarantine has really brought the porn corporations out and they’re giving this stuff away in an attempt to get you hooked,” he said in a video promoting the Live. “So let’s talk about it. Some people don’t even think you can be addicted to pornography.”

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During the pandemic, Crews has drawn controversy for his views, including a contentious on-air segment with Don Lemon on his CNN show. The two sparred over Black Lives Matter after Crews tweeted ‘Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy.’

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