Brad Pitt - Brad Pitt On Why The Drug War Is "An Ultimate Failure"
Brad Pitt is on the promotional trail for his crime-thriller Killing Them Softly - a movie accused of being left-wing propaganda - and has been discussing his own views on the state of America. MTV News quizzed the Hollywood star on the progressive results in the recent elections and in particularly the subjects of gay marriage and drugs.
Pitt has made no secret of his left leaning political views (somewhat at odds with his mother) though went into more detail this week. "Equality, absolutely, that's what defines us. It's what makes us great," he said in relation to Maine, Maryland and Washington legalizing gay marriage. "If it doesn't sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that's us. We're equal." During a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Pitt admitted to smoking plenty of marijuana in the 1990s, saying, "I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut and I really got irritated with myself." But what does he think of America's approach to drugs? "I do believe that we should be responsible for our own choices in talking about the drug laws, and that the drug war is an ultimate failure and that the billions and billions of dollars that we've committed to it, there's got to be a better way," he mused. Pushed on the debate of legalization, Pitt explained, "I don't believe in incarceration over education - don't get me started. But there's real damage to drugs; that is not the same as with gay marriage. Since the last round [of elections], they've been linked in every article. I find that curious."