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LDS Drummer Elaine Bradley Says Why She Chose to Wear ‘Porn Kills Love’ Tee on Television

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Last summer, LDS drummer Elaine Bradley made headlines when she wore a homemade ‘Porn Kills Love’ t-shirt on the Late Night with Seth Meyers talk show.  ‘Porn Kills Love’ is one of the official slogans of Fight the New Drug (FTND), an organization dedicated to educating the world about the harms of pornography.

Now, FTND has released an exclusive interview with Bradley about the moment and why she is taking a public stand against pornography.

FTND: Well, first thing’s first. You first popped up on our radar when you made your own makeshift maternity-friendly ‘Porn Kills Love’ tee to wear during your performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Tell us about that whole experience and people’s reaction to it.

EB:  I got a few comments on it—some positive, some sarcastic. Mostly what I noticed was people being forced to think about that statement, even if just for a little bit. I could see it making some people uncomfortable. I loved the reactions I got after I posted a pic on social media. It seemed that it empowered a lot of people to take a stand against porn, or at least admit publicly that they agreed with the statement on my shirt. It was cool to see how many people were excited that I had made that statement on TV. Of course, there were a few ‘Negative Nancy’s,’ but it’s the internet!

 FTND: So what’s your connection to the cause? Why did you choose to rep the #PornKillsLove movement, of all things?
EB: I have been anti-porn—meaning, of the sound opinion that porn is harmful, and really isn’t doing our society any favors—for a long while. I had even tweeted a link to a lengthy article about the damaging effects of porn long before I had heard of Fight the New Drug. I think I was clicking around the internet when I found out about your movement. I was really excited that something already existed. I looked at the website and read a lot of the info, which made me a fan, supporter, and as you say, a “Fighter.” I saw the bold, red Porn Kills Love tee, and wanted one, but I didn’t order it right away because I was pregnant at the time. This was right before Neon Trees was heading out on the road again. I knew we had a performance on Late Night scheduled, and I thought that would be a great time to rep this cool movement I had just discovered. But I didn’t want to be swimming in a large Men’s tee on national TV, and I didn’t want a skin-tight and awkward look either. So I decided to take one of my pregnancy tees and make a ‘Porn Kills Love’ tee myself, with a black sharpie. *Laughs*

Read the rest of the interview here.

 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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