'Fifty Shades of Grey' Gets Backlash for "Violent" Message

Despite being labelled Fifty Shades of Tame by fans, the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer prompted backlash and scorn from moral watchdogs who believe the film normalizes sexual violence and promotes torture as sexually gratifying.  

Non-profit organzation Morality in Media issued a statement in response to the release of the trailer for the highly-anticipated movie. Starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades follows the romance and sexual exploits between a domineering CEO and a naive, young college student. 

The organization, which opposes pornography, warned women against seeing the film. "Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation," said Dawn Hawkins, executive director.

"Do we really want our sons to become Christian Greys, practicing a violent masculinity that degrades men as well?" she added.

The Parents Television Council also issued a harsh statement against the upcoming film. "Here's a book and a movie that are really normalizing and romanticizing BDSM relationships," said spokesperson Melissa Henson. 

Ironically, many fans have expressed worry that the movie version of E.L. James' beloved erotica novel will be too tame. The Hollywood Reporter called the trailer "more romantic than sexual" and Variety wrote that "Universal [Studios] played it safe." 

What are your thoughts on the upcoming film? 

 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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