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Fifty Shades of Grey Film Weathers Twitter-led Boycott

Fifty Shades Of Controversy 

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It probably isn't going to do the film that much harm in the long run, but certain circles are finding much heavier reasons to rally against Fifty Shades of Grey than it just being a trashy film based on a trashy novel (that, lest we forget, started life as a Twilight fan-fic).

A slew of anti-domestic violence and anti-porn groups have taken to Twitter to slam the film and encourage people to actively avoid it, via the #fiftyshadesisabuse hashtag. A Facebook page called ’50 Dollars not 50 Shades’ has been started to encourage people to donate money to anti-abuse foundations, as well as just not seeing the film.

The page describes itself as a “grassroots, women-led campaign” and suggests that:
“The money you would have spent on movie tickets and a babysitter or movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will go towards serving victims of abusive relationships like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series. Hollywood doesn't need your money; abused women do.”
It cites London Abused Women’s Centre, Stop Porn Culture, National Centre on Sexual Exploitation and a few others as worthy designations for donation. At time of writing the page has just over 9000 likes.

The book came under fire originally for a number of reasons, most notably for ‘glamorising’ what could be characterised as an abusive relationship. Members of the BDSM community have also slated the book and film for offering a grossly inaccurate representation of the practise, as well as implying that it is the sole domain of psychologically damaged people.


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Despite the backlash, the film is expected to clean up at the box office and early reviews have been generally positive. The novel has sold 100 million copies to date.

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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Fifty Shades of Grey Film Weathers Twitter-led Boycott Reviewed by Callum Davies on Friday, February 13, 2015 Rating: 5
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