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BYU-Idaho warns its young men against masturbation in earnest war-themed video

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, January 31, 2014 23:59 EDT
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Mormon anti-masturbation video [YouTube]
 
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A motivational video released by Brigham Young University–Idaho has garnered attention online for urging students to identify friends they think are masturbating too much to religious officials, and comparing the gesture to rescuing a fellow soldier during war.

“If you need to, talk to your bishop,” school president Kim B. Clark says in the video, “Wounded On The Battlefield,” which was released last month. “Tell someone who can do something that you have a friend in trouble.”

The video opens with footage of a young man, who Clark says is “spiritually wounded on the battlefield of the Great War,” alone in a darkened room because of an addiction to pornography, while his roommate leaves, apparently feeling unable to help. Clark does not identify the “Great War” in question.

Suddenly, the scene shifts to a battlefield, with the porn-addled young man trapped in the crossfire and the roommate torn between helping him and staying behind safe cover.

“In our modern society, the enemy has spread fear of getting involved when someone’s in trouble, and has fostered a social stigma against people who speak up in the face of evil,” Clark warns over ominous music. “The enemy whispers, ‘Don’t get involved.’”

Of course, the roommate goes to his fallen friend’s (metaphorical) rescue, delivering him to what seems to be a church official before they (and several young female churchgoers) celebrate his return to “normalcy.”

Comments have been disabled on the video’s YouTube page, but reviews elsewhere describe it as “awkward and creepy,” and “bizarre.”

Watch the school’s treatise against excessive masturbation, as posted online last month, below.

[h/t What Would JT Do?]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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