Russell Brand Preaches Theology of the Body

Russell Brand Preaches Theology of the Body

russell-brand-tobSometimes truth comes from the most unexpected places.

Russell Brand is a comedian who is most known for his vulgar comedy and antics, and is probably the last person one would expect to give a compelling argument against pornography.  However, in a recent video he posted, Brand discusses the movie 50 Shades of Grey and our culture’s skewed view of sex and relationships. Brand says:

“I suppose the undercurrent of this is that sex is something we’re all interested in because of biological programming, but our attitudes toward sex have become warped and perverted and have deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means for procreation. And because our acculturation, the way we’ve designed it and expressed it, has become really, really confused.”

If Brand’s definition of the true function of sex sounds familiar, it is because it is directly aligned with what the Catholic Church teaches:

By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative, the conjugal act preserves in its fullness the sense of true mutual love and its orientation toward man’s exalted vocation to parenthood. – Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2369

He goes on to quote a priest – who happens to also be St. John Paul II – who said: “Pornography is not a problem because it shows us too much; it’s a problem because it shows us too little.” Brand agreed with JPII , saying “pornography reduces the spectacle of sex to a kind of extracted physical act.”

Brand then cites statistics on the negative effects of pornography consumption, even sharing how pornography has negatively affected his life and relationships:

“I feel like if I had total dominion over my life, I would never look at pornography again.”

At the end of the video, Brand says:

“Pornography is not something I like. It’s something I haven’t been able to make a long-term commitment to not looking at, and it’s affecting my ability to relate to women, to relate to myself – my own sexuality, my own spirituality. … If you’re constantly bombarded with great waves of filth, it’s really difficult to remain connected to truth.”

You can view the full video on YouTube. (Note: Video contains mild language, scenes from 50 Shades of Grey and a shirtless Russell Brand)