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'Fifty Shades of Grey' targeted by domestic abuse prevention campaign
By SP_COP on February 02, 2015 | From
'Fifty Shades of Grey' targeted by domestic abuse prevention campaign It’s an unusual tie-in to a movie about bondage.

Hoping to capitalize on the looming opening of the much-touted “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Valentine’s Day weekend, activists fighting domestic abuse have launched a campaign urging people to donate to shelters for battered women rather than spend money on tickets to a movie that they say glorifies the abuse of women.

Real women “don’t end up like Anastasia; they often end up in a women’s shelter, on the run for years or dead,” said the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, one of the sponsors of the #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign to raise funds for domestic violence programs.

“The money you would have spent on movie tickets and a baby-sitter or movie tickets, popcorn and drinks will go towards serving victims of abusive relationships like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series,” said the campaign’s Facebook community page. “Hollywood doesn’t need your money; abused women do.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” which debuts Feb. 13, is based on the best-selling trilogy of novels about wealthy young businessman Christian Grey and his new *** partner — the virginal, college-age Anastasia Steele.

Their story differs from other romances as it revolves around bondage, domination and sadomasochism (BDSM) and includes the use of blindfolds, cords, whips and hand and leg restraints as means to sexual gratification. In one episode in the book, the “dominant” Mr. Grey spanks Miss Steele with a belt hard enough to make her cry in pain, then offers her a salve and pain medicine.

The final cut of the movie appears to have been kept under wraps, so critics do not know how graphic it is.

Ironically, reporters who saw some footage a year ago said it seemed “tame” and emphasized romance over BDSM. Universal Pictures and Focus Features “played it safe,” said writers with the Hollywood Reporter, Variety and TheWrap, adding that while there were glimpses of blindfolds, whips and masks, most of the footage they saw was of two people courting and “making moon-eyes at each other.”

Still, the film recently was given an “R” rating due to its “unusual behavior, graphic nudity, sexual dialogue, language and strong sexual content.”

A request for comment from Universal Pictures was not immediately available....
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