Conservative Watchdogs Spank ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer
By Shelli Weinstein
July 24, 2014
In response to the release of the highly-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer, non-profit organization Morality in Media has issued a statement, citing that the preview “deceives the public” by romanticizing and normalizing sexual violence.
The statement describes the relationship between the lead Ana and Christian Grey as an “abuse of power, female inequality, coercion, and sexual violence” that “glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women.”
According to the release from the organization, which opposes pornography, “Fifty Shades of Grey” sends a dangerous message to men that the sort of relationship is what women really want, and to women that they can fix violent and controlling men by being obedient.
“Is this really the kind of relationship we want our daughters, relatives and friends willingly entering into? With a stalker and a batterer?” The statement asks. “Do we really want our sons to become Christian Greys, practicing a violent masculinity that degrades men as well?”
“Fifty Shades” is hardly the first to be tied up in criticism from the non-profit. The organization has recently slammed Google for porn ads and reality show “The Sex Factor.”