"My elders tried to crush my dreams of filmmaking" - A conversation with Chris Stuckmann

19 jan 2021
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From a young age, Chris was captivated by the magic of movies. But his passion for film would place him at odds with overbearing Jehovah's Witness elders intent on crushing his creativity and forcing him to meet their expectations no matter the cost to his mental health.
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  • Thank you so much Lloyd for taking the time to talk with me about this. It was so fun to share these things with someone who understands. And thank you so much to your wonderful viewers who listened. Means the world to me.

    Chris StuckmannChris Stuckmann2 mánuðum síðan
    • No problem

      NeverMind GamingNeverMind Gaming9 dögum síðan
    • @Old Mate but hes not a decent person, haven't you heard about all the stuff he's done to people online?

      TheRedMacheteTheRedMacheteMánuði síðan
    • Hey, maybe they should make a greeting card for occasions like these? "CoNgRaTs On BeCoMiNg aN aPoStAtE!!!" 🥳😂 Seriously tho, love to you both! 🥰

      Tommy VaskeTommy VaskeMánuði síðan
    • Hey Chris

      MaLLyMaLLyMánuði síðan
    • I want to see this film. Can you at least shed some positive light anything.

      #TNKHNA#TNKHNA2 mánuðum síðan
  • 99 people who watched this are still brainwashed

    Kyle Riley-LynchKyle Riley-Lynch20 klukkustundum síðan
  • Here I have one for you growing up most of my family grew up in this religion and my cousin who was an exceedingly bright student was given an IQ test and registered and IQ of 140 + we always knew he was the smartest one in the family and he wanted to be a doctor we love the show Doogie Howser and he had the grades and he had the IQ when he told his mom about his dream of becoming a doctor and helping people he was told that in the new Paradise there will be no sick people and therefore we won't need doctors so why would you waste your life on something that won't be needed once this wicked system is destroyed and that was the end of that if you're wondering he's not a doctor these days although many years ago most of us including him left the church but no he did not become a doctor

    Nathan bondNathan bond2 dögum síðan
  • Society crushed my dreams of becoming a book author. Unless you're self published, trying to publish a book and get an agent interested is a process that makes you want to put your head through a wall. It's so hard.

    Chris NilssonChris Nilsson6 dögum síðan
  • I got an ad for Mormonism on this vid lol

    Noneya BusinessNoneya Business18 dögum síðan
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    dorothy Susannadorothy Susanna19 dögum síðan
  • @5:20 "an A+ Jehovah's Witness" is correct. I was not born in but strived hard to have the type of faith that they have in the Governing Body which was hard for me to do and I felt so unworthy as a JW

    Dantoinette TaylorDantoinette Taylor20 dögum síðan
  • One of my ex's was one their religion was so strict one of the reasons we broke up cause i felt like was dating a child ! Hr parents control almost everything i couldn't stand being in that situation as an adult i don't allow my parents or anyone else to be so in control of my Life !

    Lucifer PitchBlackLucifer PitchBlack20 dögum síðan
  • That story with his friend Dave is similar to what happened to me and my former best friend. We are a month apart and so we were friends from the crib/bassinet. But the difference is that her dad was no longer an elder because of her older brother and sister, while my dad at the time was an elder by the time we were teenagers. Around the age of about 14, I had to stop being friends with her. I told her mom that I couldn't be friends with her anymore at one meeting. But my parents made me go back the next meeting and apologize for telling her mom that my parents told me to stop being friends with her daughter. Looking back, that's messed up that I was sent to apologize. That shows me they were embarrassed that I said something. Years later, I found out that my friend, never baptized, not even an unbaptized publisher told her parents that she was no longer going to go to the meetings. Her family made up the majority of the kingdom hall. I believe they gave up on her because of her older siblings. She also was a surprise baby. Her family, aunts, uncles, cousins, treated her horribly. So I don't blame her for walking away.

    Courtney GilliardCourtney Gilliard21 degi síðan síðan
  • I remember on a family trip with another JW family to Bush Gardens in Virginia, I had read Moby Dick cover to cover. I remember my dad who was an elder and the other elder father laughing about how I probably hadn't read enough Watchtower magazines. I remember tilting my head and looking at them like they were crazy. Years later after I found out that the publications are written on an 8th grade level. So I feel justified in reading something on a higher level than their silly publications. If you think about it, what the hell were we doing at a theme park full of worldly people anyway!?! Shouldn't we have been out in service too?? 😂🤣 Btw, ❤️ the Nintendo in the background

    Courtney GilliardCourtney Gilliard21 degi síðan síðan
    • It's interesting because I noticed that now too I was raised in this church and it is amazing how simplistic and sophomoric the writing is in their publication it is written so that the simplest slowest Among Us can digest it and understand it basically it is written at a grade school level and have you also noticed that they use huge font on their Publications I always thought it's because most of their members are super old and have poor eyesight but looking back on the writing style and more importantly the lack of depth and the lack of any sort of scientific backing or reasoning or logic or any kind of beneath the surface investigation I now realize that the reason they use large font is they had nothing to say so they had to use large font to basically feel the magazine up and make you feel like they were presenting a lot of information to you when really it was just this is what we believe and here's a list of scriptures of the Bible we created to prove what we just said use large font add large print to to make it appear like their magazines and Publications have any kind of subsidence to them but they don't its surface deep

      Nathan bondNathan bond2 dögum síðan
  • I grew up Catholic and am now agnostic. I find the Jehovahs Witness religion (cult) to be fascinating. Proud of Chris Stuckmann to tell his story. That took courage.

    Nick GagnonNick Gagnon21 degi síðan síðan
  • The camaraderie and friendship/banter in this video is so good to see! Was totally unaware of Chris' JW back story until he made the video a couple of months ago. I've got big respect for him for coming out with it all. I was brought up in a religious family until I decided I'd make my own way in life a few years ago, so I left religion as a whole. Science/fact over faith/fiction has been my way of life ever since. I enjoyed watching this video :)

    JF SB95JF SB9524 dögum síðan
  • You will overcome chris. In contrary to the people that are organizing exclusion. Satjameva Jayate

    Ebel specEbel spec27 dögum síðan
  • I think a lot of us fans of Chris from his early years (2010 - 2014 era) knew that Chris was linked to Jehovah's Witness. I can't remember where we heard it from, but there were always small bits of discussion about it in his first two years on ISpast. Regardless, I am so happy for you, Chris, I am glad you have escaped and are in a better place now. I love you so much man, I always have done and always will :,)

    Wackaz 2.0Wackaz 2.028 dögum síðan
  • This podcast was so pish, such bitter people. Freewill boys. Grow up

    Ross McCreadieRoss McCreadieMánuði síðan
    • @Ross McCreadie I'm not angry and I'm not your mate. This has to be one of the most pathetic attempts at defending a cult that breaks apart families and facilitates child sexual abuse that I've yet seen.

      Lloyd EvansLloyd Evans29 dögum síðan
    • @Lloyd Evans hahahaha ur so angry. Love you mate

      Ross McCreadieRoss McCreadie29 dögum síðan
    • @Ross McCreadie Clearly it does bother you "mate," at least enough to troll a video about someone's genuine experience in a cult "uz" apparently eager to defend.

      Lloyd EvansLloyd EvansMánuði síðan
    • @Lloyd Evans disnae bother me mate, you can say what uz like but uz sounded so bitter. Classic america

      Ross McCreadieRoss McCreadieMánuði síðan
    • Aw diddums. Did we make your favorite cult look bad?

      Lloyd EvansLloyd EvansMánuði síðan
  • Always some horror to revisit!

    Up MayoUp MayoMánuði síðan
  • Damn, when Chris is describing the sound of everybody after the meeting sounding really robotic and weird I can 100% relate. Started happening to me before I left too. It would often turn into panic attacks the second the song would end, and all of that noise of everybody talking would begin. Ps. Great video Lloyd!

    FionnFionnMánuði síðan
  • Aww, I loved Ponyo. Didn't really understand it, lol, but liked it.

    Lennygrace LoveLennygrace LoveMánuði síðan
    • Think of it as Japanese The Little Mermaid.

      Thomas WrightThomas Wright26 dögum síðan
  • Saw the two of them on this verse. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

    Gerald CarlGerald CarlMánuði síðan
    • @Michael Adams It's like, the video is clearly labeled as a criticism of JWism, and yet Gerald Carl found it necessary to bombard the comments with his moral indignation. It's just plain stupid.

      Rebel Railroad ProductionsRebel Railroad ProductionsMánuði síðan
    • @Rebel Railroad Productions Dude left like, 5 or 6 comments back to back. Yeah, the salt is very evident here, for sure.

      Michael AdamsMichael AdamsMánuði síðan
    • The salt is strong with you.

      Rebel Railroad ProductionsRebel Railroad ProductionsMánuði síðan
  • This person is even lying to his parents since he was young. He is not good to his parents. He is completely disgracing them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. Bible clearly says! AVOID SUCH PEOPLE! It is not your parents or religion it is the Bible, it is written in the Word of God.

    Gerald CarlGerald CarlMánuði síðan
  • Genuinely Free! to do whatever he wants as he not bounded anymore to any of Bible's teaching his parents inculcated to him. Man just say, I don't like my families belief, I doubt that they tried to stop you of filmaking if they don't see something against the Bible. Full of exagerration! Can you make an interview of your mom? And let's prove everything that you said is the truth of what really happened. Or maybe your father who you disgraced on your videos a lot of times. Did he do a lot of bad things to you or he just want you to be on the right track? Is your father evil? Because it does sounds like way you describe him hillariously. I hope they get salvated in the end in front of your eyes.

    Gerald CarlGerald CarlMánuði síðan
  • He is like a child that does not want to follow his parents. If your at your parents house you follow their rules in that house, if you don't want to they have the right to let go of you. Do you even love them? It is not his religion having problems it is himself, he just don't want to follow the belief his parents have, and hey your at the right age to go out of your house, stop acting like a kid that was taken a lollipop. Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. - Doesn't seem this man does. Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." Yeah have said a lot about his father. Did he honor him? I don't think so. HE COMPLETELY EXAGERRATED EVERYTHING HE SAID ABOUT HIS RELIGION, IT IS NOT HOW IT IS, HIS PARENTS MIGHT BE FANATIC TO THE TRUTH, BUT IT IS NOT GOD'S FAULT NOR HIS RELIGION FAULT.

    Gerald CarlGerald CarlMánuði síðan
  • Review other religion. Thank you. Exagerration as its finest. It is your dad's command not God. Beared is forbidden? That is funny, that's you and your dad getting exagerrated. It's plainly hygeine for others. Stop this full exagerration. If you feel bad of what happened to you, it is your own doing. Your happy now good for you. You know the truth. You may have read the Bible and believe it, oh did you?

    Gerald CarlGerald CarlMánuði síðan
  • I had a great time and loughs watching this interview! Thank you so much. It's refreshing to be able to lough about it today! Chris I so much identify in your livings and especially your feelings during jw-time (despite being a girl 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️). And absolutely agree with Lloyd; please make a review of Apostasy!!!!!! 😀🙏🙏

    Mo MoMo MoMánuði síðan
    • @Lloyd Evans hey Lloyd, is there any chance to get your work translated into other languages?? I'd love to share with not-English-speaking friends!

      Mo MoMo MoMánuði síðan
    • Glad you enjoyed it!

      Lloyd EvansLloyd EvansMánuði síðan
  • Very cool. You are awesome Chris

    Jon CoxJon CoxMánuði síðan
  • I find it funny how they were coming down on you about YT yet in order to know about them they would have to be watching YT a lot

    Robert ReppertRobert ReppertMánuði síðan
  • 27:25

    thesadsamuraiithesadsamuraiiMánuði síðan
  • Its crazy this guy was a JW . Who knew great interview

    Fakeful and Disgraced Slave ClassFakeful and Disgraced Slave ClassMánuði síðan
  • Plot twist.... They where right all along 🤔😂

    Empress Goal DiggingEmpress Goal DiggingMánuði síðan
  • I cant seem to remember where I heard this. But I think it was a cult researcher of some kind. She mentioned two questions that you should ask yourself. "Are they trying to isolate you socially in any way?" Is your answer yes? Then you are in a cult. "Are you allowed to question anything at any time without serious repercussion?" Is the answer no? You are in a cult.

    Kobin BrownKobin BrownMánuði síðan
  • Soooo honest! Good interview!

    Virginia LecroyVirginia LecroyMánuði síðan
  • Thankyou to both of you for this video, it has helped me explain to my girlfriend what i went through as a young adult. Thanks Again.

    TheGamerGuy NZTheGamerGuy NZMánuði síðan
  • I find the history of many religions fascinating as they are interesting to see how many civilisations once lived. But as for modern day religion, to me I just see and say them for what they I preseed them to be. If it's a Religion, it's a Cult.

    Matt ThorntonMatt ThorntonMánuði síðan
  • I never really enjoyed anything about Chris. I can tell you that after hearing this he has my respect and my admiration.

    Sean McClureSean McClureMánuði síðan
  • What a gorgeous laugh. 😅 I know beards? right? Wtf. Talk about micro managing. A man's bloody beard !!!

    Heidi BennettHeidi BennettMánuði síðan
  • We had a bully elder. Ex Army Sargent major ! He insisted my sister marry the brother she was courting for 6 months or break the relationship off. At 20 they married. 15 years of an abusive relationship followed. 1 time after violence toward her was worse than usual she spoke with the Elders. Husband said sorry, yes he was very repent. She was counseled on having too much lip. He was allowed to close the next meeting with prayer!! While she sobbed quietly. Thank goodness she,me and my brother woke up. Such cruel and unkind behaviour.

    Heidi BennettHeidi BennettMánuði síðan
  • Great experience. I can totally relate to it. Anyone associated with this Cult isn't in a good head space. The elders are a bunch brown nosers. They don't care about anyone who just wants to do their own thing. Completely BS.

    Changes must Change!Changes must Change!2 mánuðum síðan
  • I was a pioneer.

    Jacqueline LucasJacqueline Lucas2 mánuðum síðan
  • I really enjoyed this interview it has helped me NOT feel so bad about what I went through, the teen yrs and potential career loses. I've been out 20yrs and finally at 54 I wrote my first book. You both were really great.

    Aimee CastonguayAimee Castonguay2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great interview!

    Cat LadyCat Lady2 mánuðum síðan
  • Chris are stories are SO identical...I was baptized at 12 and was supposed to be the LEADING example for all the youth. Would love to connect with you and trade stories.

    William StandardWilliam Standard2 mánuðum síðan
    • how about you just move on with your life and stop bitchin about the past?

      TheRedMacheteTheRedMacheteMánuði síðan
  • Chrisssssss

    Danny PDanny P2 mánuðum síðan
  • Thank you for doing this, I am in the process of wanting to shoot a small interview to put on video stories of ex JW women. This cult religion has to be exposed and illuminated. If they could change their disfellowhsip and their sexist rules, that would be a step forward to changing the relationship to something that doesn't destroy relationships and discriminates.

    VYVE VideographyVYVE Videography2 mánuðum síðan
  • Chris's last words of inspiration really touched my heart. Thanks, brother! ❤

    Mostakim HabibMostakim Habib2 mánuðum síðan
  • I’m so glad that I wasn’t raised in a JW household. I became a Jehovah’s Witness later on in life, but I left within less than three months. Very telling. If I got disfellowshipped, it wouldn’t be a big deal for me because none of my friends are a part of that religion. However though, I can understand why it would be problematic for other people

    Eric The TyrannoceratopsEric The Tyrannoceratops2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great Interview Lloyd. You need a better mic though my friend.

    funkmachine1984funkmachine19842 mánuðum síðan
    • I do have a better mic. I had sound issues due to being displaced from my studio because of an earthquake.

      Lloyd EvansLloyd Evans2 mánuðum síðan
  • so the elder tried to groom dave, right? because that's classical grooming behaviour Chris you didn't get repercussions because I guarantee he was an abuser, not necessarily physical, but isolating a victim and becoming the only one who gives attention or tainted love, so the victim cannot do anything

    A lethe iaA lethe ia2 mánuðum síðan
  • Isn't all religion toxic like this to some extent?

    Cyber Six Moon CloudsCyber Six Moon Clouds2 mánuðum síðan
    • Pretty much.

      Nick GagnonNick Gagnon21 degi síðan síðan
    • all religion is toxic, not all of them are a cult. Chris's video is the grounds for hate and religious discrimination. His poor experience doesn't speak for everyone but he talks down of the religion as if it does.

      TheRedMacheteTheRedMacheteMánuði síðan
  • I grew up in the same school with a girl whose family is JW. She fell in love in her senior year of high school and she moved in with the guy when they graduated. Since she wasn’t following the faith anymore, as well they got together like that before marriage her family decided to basically disown her. They cut her off completely and didn’t speak to her for months, which was particularly hard on her from what I heard cause she had a little sister she was really close to. Her own grandmother wrote her a letter telling her that she will not speak to her until she “found God again.” She posted the letter on Facebook to address how she was done with the JW faith and how it’s pretty much ruined her family. Thankfully her mother came around and they’ve reconnected. I’ve no idea how things are now between her and her grandmother though

    OK PeachieOK Peachie2 mánuðum síðan
  • Surprise! Religious cult are evil psychopathic zealots!

    Hersh MergershHersh Mergersh2 mánuðum síðan
  • An hour and a half of captivating dialogue!

    KoalaManKoalaMan2 mánuðum síðan
  • I have been such a huge fan of Chris for about 6 years now and had no idea he and I had such similar stories. I was a JW but I was a Christian within a very paranoid and religious family. I now find myself, as well as my fiancé, estranged from both of our families and our friends circle destroyed. It’s both heartbreaking and totally freeing and exciting.

    Joshua BakerJoshua Baker2 mánuðum síðan
  • I think we've all had Jehovah's Witness coming to our doors. I remember the last time I had a few come to my door. I just closed it and they walked away.

    PlayingGamesTodayPlayingGamesToday2 mánuðum síðan
  • This was fascinating. The JW's are a cult and a dangerous one at that...

    Tarlo The BoarTarlo The Boar2 mánuðum síðan
  • I did a video on if retaliation (bullying) these kinds of oppressive people is ok, I'd appreciate if anyone checked it out

    MaliaMalia2 mánuðum síðan
  • So JW s who are young adults are frowned upon for going to the movies after 12pm at night ! The more I learn the more bizarre it gets.......

    Chris WoodChris Wood2 mánuðum síðan
  • Iam from a deeply Catholic country. There are a minority of JW and i never knew what they where subjected to. Thank you for coming out and i am beggining to understand whats life like for them and act accordingly. Ty

    Peach Mango PiePeach Mango Pie2 mánuðum síðan
  • Love Chris Stuckmann. What an all around great guy and inspiration.

    Nancy HogueNancy Hogue2 mánuðum síðan
  • It's interesting how JW is similar to Islam.

    Rushil NRushil N2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Charles Loftin the way they count scores. I've worked in a Muslim company and I've watched them literally count how many "sins" they can do and how and when they can repay them to "be in the good books". As if the entry to heaven was a game. No spirituality. Only play the game right and score as many points as you can.

      Rushil NRushil N2 mánuðum síðan
    • How exactly?

      Charles LoftinCharles Loftin2 mánuðum síðan
  • We all want to know what was the outcome with your father???? Did he disown you after you came out??

    MindfulclarityMindfulclarity2 mánuðum síðan
  • After watching chris' video and this, one question I have is why the JW are like spying each other and go tell everyone. Is it like "well if I'm miserable he/she should be as miserable as me"? They don't see themselves in the struggle of the other one? Feel some sympathy for the other person?

    Dim BDim B2 mánuðum síðan
  • Damn "...i was beginning to think about how i wanted my parents to find my body" that hit me hard. I was never a JW (thank god lol) but i absolutely relate to that statement. Thats heavy af. So glad Chris got up and left this cult, hes inspired me so much, i cant begin to imagine where id be if chris hadnt taken his life back from this cult. Its arguably even more inspiring than his filmmaking journey.

    Revolutionary Cinema ProductionsRevolutionary Cinema Productions2 mánuðum síðan
  • When the most controversial question in the interview is the Star Wars one

    Jordan RoseJordan Rose2 mánuðum síðan
  • Man imagine not being allowed to bust a nut your whole life without being married

    Madfella DukeMadfella Duke2 mánuðum síðan
  • No lie, there was a PureFlix commercial before this video. ISpast algorithms are stupid...

    Sam KingSam King2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Renee W They have their own streaming service now....

      Sam KingSam KingMánuði síðan
    • PureFlix is still around??? I worked an event that was sponsored by PureFlix a few years ago and was sure it wouldn't last long.

      Renee WRenee WMánuði síðan
  • Growing up with a childhood friend I saw it first hand how it made his life pretty wack we weren't able to celebrate his birthday or other stuff we had to do it in secret

    Kevin GarciaKevin Garcia2 mánuðum síðan
  • I've been very disappointed with how much Chris curses in his videos when that is totally unnecessary. Young people and kids watch his videos. He knows this and I have asked him repeatedly to stop. He appears 'successful' but in reality he seems to be slipping down a dark path. I think maybe his elders were right.

    Hans ZarkovHans Zarkov2 mánuðum síðan
    • Down vote this comment. Smh

      Chris hChris hMánuði síðan
    • Curse words are not the end of the world. That's the destruction religious organisations has done throughout centuries of history. Also if you say kids are watching this, surely that's the problem with parents not having control what they let their kids watch?

      The Cinematic MindThe Cinematic Mind2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Hans Zarkov elaborate. Why am I wrong? What is the problem with cursing? They’re just words man. Nothing more.

      Connor WyantConnor Wyant2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Connor WyantI think you are very wrong.

      Hans ZarkovHans Zarkov2 mánuðum síðan
    • Cursing isn’t an inherently “dark” or “bad” thing. Language exists purely for communication. Saying “fuck” to emphasize a point whether it be extremely positive, or extremely never give isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a word. It holds no power. It simply exists to convey a thought. Please stop trying to change how people speak, and understand that words only have as much meaning as you give them. They hold no weight.

      Connor WyantConnor Wyant2 mánuðum síðan
  • It was particularly interesting listening to that point where that 'pioneer' idiot just took it a step way too far with Chris in regards to Dave. I'm glad people can escape those damaging cults., even if they're not the majority.

    ErlaxisErlaxis2 mánuðum síðan
  • It was only a matter of time until this interview happened lol. Trying to find the right way of putting this, so please give me the best interpretation possible. It made me happy when someone I liked and respected so much went through something similar like I had. A bit like finding a fellow Titanic survivor and being able to hear someone else describe just how cold the water was that night while I in my head am like "omg dude... me too..." While I wouldn't encourage anyone else to become a JW, I like to look back and think I learned a lot about the human condition and its psychology, and learned something about my own. I'm glad that he was able to come out the other side and make it big as a reviewer. I am so very happy for him. I've been a HUGE fan of his basically from the start and I hope to see many more years of reviews :)

    Charles ReidCharles Reid2 mánuðum síðan
  • Man I been a fan following Chris now since......years and still this shook me, I seriously can't imagine, the levels of bravery need it to reveal this and go out that religion I just can't imagine, once again thanks for share and amazing interview, first time seen this channel going to take a look now.

    Kusanagikaiser999Kusanagikaiser9992 mánuðum síðan
  • I wonder how would a JW council react to my videos in which I shoot nature scenery. I mean would they say "'''stop filming those mountain sceneries, that's evil"=) Stop expressing your individuality filming that mountain:D"" Man, you had it rough. I would have preferred beatings than growing up in that sect.

    Aventura pe MunteAventura pe Munte2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Charles Loftin of course you are :D

      Aventura pe MunteAventura pe Munte2 mánuðum síðan
    • Chris is twisting what JWs believe about movies. No there's nothing wrong with shooting nature. JWs watch movies all the time but avoid certain ones . . & For the record I'm 'studying' to be a JW

      Charles LoftinCharles Loftin2 mánuðum síðan
  • As someone who left probably the least harsh religion there is I respect people who leave the harsh crazy ones so much

    Phil HartmannPhil Hartmann2 mánuðum síðan
    • @Steven Mara okay harshest that believes in God, although Buddhism can have more limitations. Lutheran/protestant

      Phil HartmannPhil Hartmann2 mánuðum síðan
    • What’s the least harsh religion? Buddhism?

      Steven MaraSteven Mara2 mánuðum síðan
  • 8:45 Can somebody explain the "won't sell them Christmas cookies" remark? Don't Mormons celebrate Christmas?

    treeghettoxtreeghettox2 mánuðum síðan
    • Jehovah's Witnesses DO NOT CELEBRATE ANY HOLIDAYS OR BIRTHDAYS. They don't even celebrate non-religious holidays.

      Black AlienBlack Alien2 mánuðum síðan
    • Oh. Jehovah's Witnesses aren't Mormons and they don't celebrate Christmas.

      treeghettoxtreeghettox2 mánuðum síðan
  • So I guess that if you’re a Jehovah’s witness, that’s the only thing you can be

    Valentina GRValentina GR2 mánuðum síðan
  • My wife is a Jehovah’s Witness and it’s honestly shocking hearing how strict both of your congregations/families were! I have met numerous elders, family members, and members from multiple congregation since I’ve known her, and with the exception of a few, most of them are super laid-back. Of course they are very serious about their faith and family duties like Chris said, but most of them I know will have a few beers or wine, love movies & shows, have sports leagues amongst themselves or at local recreation centers, run businesses, and one that just passed away was a small town muralist who was locally famous basically lol, so this is very strange to me. This is South Carolina and North Carolina btw, and she’s Spanish so both Spanish and English congregations, although the Spanish are a little less laid back typically. Idk just sucks that y’all went through that, but just like any religion, leave it to people to do what they will within in. I know Christians and Muslims in my life that all range from hardcore to barely there lol.

    Cody VaughnCody Vaughn2 mánuðum síðan
    • I’ve associated with Jehovah’s Witnesses as well and there were also a pretty chill group in the way you describe. In fact I’m actually grateful for the time I was able to spend with them because it it provided a break from other stuff that was going on in my life at the time. Ultimately I decided to go the atheist route because their teachings were insane, but I don’t have anything against the people I hung out with. You can have good groups and bad groups. I think one issue with the JW organization is that it has a set of structures and beliefs that make it too easy for bad congregations to spring up.

      Steven MaraSteven Mara2 mánuðum síðan
    • Exactly!

      Bryan GutiérrezBryan Gutiérrez2 mánuðum síðan
  • What’s so confusing is that Prince was a member of this organization.

    Pulp TedPulp Ted2 mánuðum síðan
    • What's confusing?

      Charles LoftinCharles Loftin2 mánuðum síðan
  • my mom is witness and i am still in but faded. Its just sad how the religion literally controls their entire life and everything good that happens to them is considered a blessing from Jehovah to them and anything bad means its either its a blessing in disguise or they did something wrong spiritually.

    Karama kameonKarama kameon2 mánuðum síðan
    • This reminds me of two stories I read in different Watchtower magazines. One was about someone who wasn’t feeling well but decided to go to the meeting. While he was there he had a heart attack but managed to get medical attention and survived. The article said the dude was wise to follow Jehovah’s guidance and associate with others at the meeting because if he decided to stay home alone, no one would be there to help him and he’d have died. The second story was about a woman whose husband was angry that she became a witness and set fire to the Kingdom Hall during a meeting. Several Witnesses died. The article talked about how brave the Witnesses were in dying for their faith, but I remember reading that and thinking “It would have been wise to ignore Jehovah in this case and stay the fuck home”. Anyway, it was one of those moments that made me realize how ridiculous the JWs are with their interpretation of events.

      Steven MaraSteven Mara2 mánuðum síðan
  • “ I did my best man, I really did.... I did my best and looking back now I wish I had just not...” , best line in the interview.

    gaiadovegaiadove2 mánuðum síðan
  • The Stuckmann!! Chris’ review of the second Indiana Jones movie made me think he was a JW growing up. So glad to see 1: I was right, and 2: that he’s broken away from it. Keep on keeping on Chris.

    Mere CatMere Cat2 mánuðum síðan
  • I knew that JW were a cult but I had no idea how bad it was until I saw the DT video. You're both amazing

    grkpektisgrkpektis2 mánuðum síðan
  • I am so glad left that cult , he’s been so happy and free from all that oppression, I am glad he’s living and enjoying life , making films , giving reviews , happily married and such a cool dude

    Enrique luis CisnerosEnrique luis Cisneros2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great interview. Isn't it funny how beards are bad but Jesus had an epic beard

    Paige JeansPaige Jeans2 mánuðum síðan
  • How is an interview an hour and a half and I still have questions?

    Hamdi Ali HassanHamdi Ali Hassan2 mánuðum síðan
  • Im from Greece. Here being orthodox christian is to a great extend a part of the national identity. Also family ties are extremely strong, even to this day. Imagine the italian movie stereotype x5. What is known as ''cults'' in the english speaking world, its called ''heresy'' here. Generally the Greek Orthodox church is very relaxed in comparison to the Catholic church, many protestant churches and even the russian orthodox church which is a more hardcore offshoot of the Greek one. Due to this reason and because of the cultural role of the church, even people who identify as atheists might attend the mysteries or festivities without much of a fuss. JWs in Greece are called ''Jahovades''. I remember the first time in my life i heard this term. I was about 10 years old playing in the neighbourhood when a group of people appeared at the corner holding books and leaflets, then spread up and started ringing door bells. Most people did not open at all. At some point they knocked the door of Mrs katerina. A feisty old lady at the age of my grandmother. Suddenly there were screams, and a torrent of curses that would make the most foulmouthed sailor blush. The Jahovades came out running and disappeared all together. All the kids were like ''what was that?''. I went and asked my mother and she explained it to me. You see Mrs Katerina had a son. He was an officer in the commercial navy as many people in my city. He married a woman who was Jehovah's Witness. She proselytized him and after that he cut all ties with his family. He never visited and in fact I had never heard of him at all in a neighborhood where everybody knew everybody. His mother always hopped that he will come to his senses and reconnect, but alas he suddenly died in a ship wreck. Mrs Katerina then discovered that not only she had lost her son in life, but also in death. She payed for a marble grave, only to be rejected by her daughter in law. They would even throw away the traditional candles and olive oil lamps she would light. So she had a deeply rooted hate for all JWs and their organisation. Everytime JWs went door to door in my street, we just waited for the moment they would reach Mrs katerina's door and counted. We hardly ever got to number ''3'' before the curses and them fleeing like rats.

    joe kjoe k2 mánuðum síðan
    • Cool story bro.

      Jonathan WrightJonathan Wright2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great interview!

    Sam CoatesSam Coates2 mánuðum síðan
  • I was raised AS a Muslim and now i am an Atheist, I understand all of this Shit, greetings to you both from Germany

    The_AtheistThe_Atheist2 mánuðum síðan
  • This was a great interview.

    Jonita RoseJonita Rose2 mánuðum síðan
  • Enuf wit the cult already. Move on ppl. Everyone had and has their own past and they dnt need to tell all of youtube

    Ilhan TeleIlhan Tele2 mánuðum síðan
    • How about your don't watch stuff that annoys you and NOT SPEAK like you're representing anyone's opinion than your own... And you aren't important so how about you move on

      michalovesanimemichalovesanime2 mánuðum síðan
  • 1:29:30 "_*but jesus has a beard in the gr8est man book!_* . but on the stuble cmts: what a gr8 way to map who is drifting from the cult. quick visual cue. & daily ritual to indoctrinate, both. it is very clever.

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  • "I am calling my first witness." Hahaha. I really enjoyed the double meaning to it. :D

    Djeneba SidibeDjeneba Sidibe2 mánuðum síðan
  • 1:27:30 reviewing a JW gay panic pganda film review would be amazing. but i understand if it cant be done. thatd be gr8.

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  • I never imagined this kind of crossover. I HAD NO IDEA CHRIS STUCKMAN WAS AN EX JW.

    Sam MartSam Mart2 mánuðum síðan
  • *Φ **1:05:00** **_"how do i want my parents to find my body"_*

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  • *Φ **20:30** **_"enough w this stuckmann kid: we're sending in a specialist"_*

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  • ☼ 19:05 doctrine changed for the 19th time. im so tired of everything. everyone is evil and suckx

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  • lets just not forget about chris's batman vs superman script. never forget people.

    Tinchi ForeverTinchi Forever2 mánuðum síðan
  • Can someone explain to me how this is different than really any other religion. I mean I was raised Catholic, and I had to go to Mass every weekend and CCD which sucked. The told me there's a heaven and a hell and that I couldnt do certain things etc. I know JWs like have to convert ppl which is a little unique.... but every other super religious person (who actually believes what they say they do) try to convert their friends and family anyways.

    Fantom LimbFantom Limb2 mánuðum síðan
    • read up on the BITE model for cults, JW's hit every single mark

      Carbon StealerCarbon Stealer2 mánuðum síðan
    • There is cults, there are relegions, and there are fanatics (what I mean by that is someone that is basically an extremist for their beliefs), there can be fanatics in any religion that take stuff to the extreme.

      Fernando Dember LagunaFernando Dember Laguna2 mánuðum síðan
  • Witnesses are the best liers. They can lie and pray all at the same time.

    Foxie DogFoxie Dog2 mánuðum síðan
  • My first crush was a JW. The second she showed interest back, they moved away and we never saw her again. She had friends and was personable but we were heathens and that was no good. From way early on, I already had a very good idea of what that cult is like.

    Challah BreadChallah Bread2 mánuðum síðan
  • Me before watching the video: Hmm, 1:35:30 seems a bit long, I wonder if I'm gonna watch it all... Me when Lloyd says "I hope you don't mind, we'll begin navigating our way to the end": NO I WANT MORE

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