Watching adult films with family? Ali Wentworth revealed she “would” view porn with her and George Stephanopoulos’ two children instead of letting them watch it on their own. (Elliott, 17, and Harper, 15)
“You can’t stop them, you certainly can’t stop them,” the wife of ABC’s “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos said in an interview with hosts Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani on Thursday’s episode of “The Dissenters” podcast.
“If they look at porn, I would look at the porn with them that one time and go, ‘They’re performing.’ … I’d sit there with them like you’re in school and go, ‘This is what’s going on,’” Wentworth said when asked about what to do about kids who watch pornography.
Wentworth also looks at social media with her daughters, telling the hosts: “I say, ‘Do you see this girl? There is a hole she is trying to fill.’ … I [also] use humour to try to converse with them and say things like, ‘Did you drop out of school today. Did you get married today?’”
The Go Ask Ali author has previously spoken candidly of her and Stephanopoulos’ sex life, saying they got it on twice a day in 1997.
Most sensible parents would simply turn it off because what’s happening on screen is not meant for others — especially children — to gawk at even in a “teachable moment” setting.
But while Wentworth made other astute points about the problems of modern parenting — such as dealing with the unrealistic expectations and problems with social media — the 55-year-old actress and mother of daughters Elliott, 17, and Harper, 15, seemingly conceded that when it comes to pornography, kids are going to watch anyway.
“I think to block and say ‘no’ piques their curiosity,” she said, apparently instead opting to use the occasion of people having sex onscreen as a lesson for kids (not the best parenting strategy but certainly a popular one among elites).
This poisonous mindset is unthinkable for activities such as illegal drug use, but when it comes to something just as destructive and addictive — pornography — there’s no use prohibiting it because they’ll do it anyway.