Even thought the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer is Too Hot to Handle for Censorship Groups, we finally have the first clip after all the fuss and fan ridicule for casting selections. Check out our archives for more details, but in the meantime feast your eyes on the upcoming pic starring Jamie Dornan as the wealthy young entrepreneur Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson as the love interest, Anastasia Steele. The movie is based on E.L. James’ bestselling books about the steamy couple. The erotic romance novels has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series. Wow, ‘mommy porn’ has a huge market doesn’t it?
The “Today” show was sharply criticised for showing the first trailer by the watchdog group Parents Television Council. They say that the hot trailer should not have aired at the morning time slot due to the sexually-charged content.
PTC director of grassroots education and advocacy Melissa Henson said the following to The Hollywood Reporter:
“We’re talking about basically the equivalent of a dime-store trashy romance novel. Essentially, what [the ‘Today’ show is] doing is they’re promoting what people refer to as ‘mommy porn.’ That’s what it boils down to,”
“If they had couched it with very strong disclaimer language about how this is a movie that’s romanticizing violence in relationships – sexual violence is basically what this movie is promoting – so if there had been very strong disclaimer language, that might have mitigated against [the impression that airing the clip without a disclaimer created],”
The version that made it’s way out on the morning show was a bit tamer, but Melissa says that Savannah Guthrie’s invitation to check the unedited version online could be a bit misleading.
“It seems like a very ordinary … romance story, so the fact that they cut off the last few seconds, if anything, might be a little suggestive, a little misleading because you don’t truly understand what this movie is about unless you’ve read the articles or read the book,”
“It’s all made to seem very romantic to a teenage girl who’s watching that trailer. That’s definitely going to be appealing and probably going to pique her interest and be something that she wants to see – and for parents that don’t know what the book is about or what the movie is about, they may easily consent to letting their teenage daughter see this film.”
Anti-porn group Morality in Media also sharpened their teeth and replied on the trailer saying:
“[it]deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.” The org’s executive director, Dawn Hawkins, claims the film “glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women.”
“The popularity of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ among women sends a message to men that this is what women really want. Even more dangerous, it also sends the message to women that they can ‘fix’ violent, controlling men by being obedient and loving. A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture.”
“Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them, and take away their power.”
“Is this really the kind of relationship we want our daughters, relatives and friends willingly entering into? With a stalker and a batterer? Do we really want our sons to become Christian Greys, practicing a violent masculinity that degrades men as well?”
The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Victor Rasuk, and Callum Keith Rennie. Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released on February 14, 2015.
Synopsis for “Fifty Shades of Grey”:
“Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband. Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.”