February 5, 2015

‘Fifty Shades’ won’t be a blockbuster, NCSE’s Hawkins Predicts

Statement of National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins

Washington, DC – While many will choose to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie will not live up to expectations at the box office. This film is not a love story, as it has been described. Love does not exist in a story glamorizing sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Thanks to the media firestorm falsely portraying the film as a romantic fairy tale, there will surely be packed theaters at the film’s opening. However, sales will quickly drop as people see that once the glitz, glamour, and soundtrack are removed, Fifty Shades is really just a disappointing story that tells the public to embrace violence against women.

Too many women in real life have experienced violence and abuse and will not put up with this lie that violence is sexy. Hollywood doesn’t get that. Hollywood must learn the lesson that romanticizing domestic abuse is not entertainment.

Rather than pay money to watch such abuse, I encourage support for survivors of abuse through our #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign.

To learn more and take action, please visit FiftyShadesisAbuse.com

 For an interview with Dawn Hawkins, please contact Amanda Smith at amanda@ncose.com or 202-393-7245.

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE)
Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), is the leading national organization dedicated to opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, and addiction. The organization changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the scope and mission to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

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