Fifty Shades Of Grey has not opened in the US yet but family and religious groups are already calling for a boycott and complaining that the racy movie endorses sexual violence.
The film had its world premiere at the Berlin film festival and debuted in the UK on Thursday night. It opens in the US on Friday.
Fifty Shades, which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is about a college student and her torrid affair with a young billionaire with a penchant for bondage, sadism and masochism.
“‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a movie that is straight out of porn culture, “It is a movie that tells lies about women’s lives. It tells the lie that if you get this sadistic predator, which is what Christian Grey is, and if you just love him enough out of this then in fact you will love him into being a good man, a good father and you’ll have a happy ever after ending in a beautiful house with a couple of kids. It is a complete lie.”“You might think this is a romance story, in reality it’s a horror story for most women,” Dines said
“This is about a seasoned predator who is a stalker and an abuser and sadist, honing in on a much younger woman,” said Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Boston’s Wheelock College who founded the 50 Dollars Not 50 Shades campaign that urges people to donate to women’s shelters, rather than buy a movie ticket”
“I think that the problem is that [the book] gives people the idea that in order to engage in a relationship with BDSM or SM with another person, it has a connection to abuse, which is untrue,” said Cassie Luna, a coordinator at The Network/La Red, a survivor-led domestic violence organization in Boston. “SM is about a consensual relationship between all the parties. That is the basis of a healthy SM relationship.”
When “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens in theaters this Friday, not everyone will be lining up to see the much hyped and highly anticipated movie based on the bestselling erotic trilogy.
EL James, who wrote the erotic trilogy that launched the film, insists the story is not about abuse. “Everything that happens in this book is safe and consensual,” she said. “What do I need to do to convince people?”
Johnson said “people should see the film before coming to a conclusion.”Everything that Anastasia does is completely her choice and it’s consensual and no person is abused in the movie and I think it’s kind of a closed-minded outlook,” she said.
American Family Association President, Tim Wildmon, also believes that Fifty Shades of Grey topic is not one that should be mainstreamed to audiences aged 17 and up.
Fifty Shades Of Grey opens in cinemas in the UK and US on Friday 13th February 2015.