‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Under Fire for “Sexual Violence and BDSM Themes”

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January 13, 2015 9:30am PST

Morality in Media has taken issue with the Motion Picture Association of America’s decision to give Fifty Shades of Grey an R rating. The MPAA awarded the forthcoming film the rating last week for “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity.” However, the anti-porn watchdog group believes this “severely undermines the violent themes in the film and does not adequately inform parents and patrons of the film’s content.”

Morality in Media says the MPAA’s “vague evaluation” of the deviant sexual acts in the film as “unusual behavior” is particularly worrisome. Their statement reads:

“What the term ‘unusual’ does not account for is the coercion, sexual violence, female inequality, and BDSM themes from which the entire Fifty Shades plot is based. Such a vague evaluation puts viewers at risk, sending the message that humiliation is pleasurable and that torture should be sexually gratifying. We’d like to change the MPAA rating for Fifty Shades of Grey to read: ‘Promotes torture as sexually gratifying, graphic nudity, encourages stalking and abuse of power, promotes female inequality, glamorizes and legitimizes violence against women.’”

Morality in Media also spoke out against the graphic film’s original trailer, which can be seen above. It “deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence,” argued the organization.

Written by Jodi Swan

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