Feminists, archbishops, movie critics and the American Family Association: Not your usual political or cultural coalition.
But they’ve been brought together by mutual loathing of the S&M adventures of Fifty Shades of Grey, the books that have sold gazillions of copies and the just-opened movie expected to sell gazillions of tickets.
As one, they are chanting: “Boycott!’
“Seriously, free speech is one thing, public viewing for a fee on the night prior to Valentines Day of sexual abuse by intimidation is NOT pro-woman, nor is it pro-family. Let’s get this removed and put in the garbage where it belongs,” reads the mini manifesto on the campaign’s Facebook page.
Many movie critics have already seen Fifty Shades, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and panned it.
“Turgid and tedious,” opined USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig. Not to mention “bland.” So much for the much-talked about sex scenes.
Conservative political groups, such as the American Family Association, church leaders, feminists and anti-porn activists haven’t seen it but they already hate it.
“It takes violence against women and re-brands it as romantic,” says Gail Dines, a feminist professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston and founding president of Stop Porn Culture.
Opponents have been anticipating hating it since the books by British author E.L. James appeared and zoomed up best-seller lists around the world. They tell the story of Anastasia Steele, a virginal young naif who submits to an older, handsome charmer, Christian Grey, whose idea of romantic fun is whips and chains.
“A direct assault on Christian marriage,” declared Archbishop Dennis Schnur of Cincinnati, in a message to priests and on the archdiocese’s Facebook page. On its website is an opinion piece headlined “Fifty Shades of Sick.”
In a letter to members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone said Fifty Shades should remind Catholics of their church’s teachings on marriage and “the moral reprehensibility of all domestic violence and sexual exploitation.”
The books were condemned too, but when a trailer for the movie came out last summer, opponents’ alarm grew.
SOURCE: Maria Puente