Anti-Porn Group Blasts Upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" Movie

The upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the wildly popular book of the same name, is being deeply criticized by anti-porn group Morality in Media. Executive director Dawn Hawkins released a statement on Friday, July 25 saying the film’s trailer “deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.”

The plot of the film will surround a timid, naive young woman targeted by a controlling, intimidating older man who, according to Hawkins, places her under a contract to serve him as a sexual submissive. Hawkins described the relationship of the two main characters—to be played in the film by Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan—as abusive, unequal, coerced and violent, adding that the relationship “glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women.”

“The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey among women sends a message to men that this is what women really want,” continued Hawkins in her statement. “Even more dangerous, it also sends the message to women that they can “fix” violent, controlling men by being obedient and loving.”

The Washington Post blog wrote that Fifty Shades of Grey “is expected to be the biggest film of 2015.” The movie opens on Valentine’s Day. The book is reportedly the fastest-selling paperback in history.

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