Depending on who you ask, Fifty Shades of Grey is either a cutting-edge movie that deserves awards or a horrifying display of violence against women. Now the actors themselves, in particular Dakota Johnson, are addressing the more negative responses, revealed the Hollywood Reporter.
“I know that a lot of people, before seeing the movie, were thinking that maybe it’s promoting abuse and violence, but I think it’s actually doing the opposite,” argued Dakota.
Aware of activist groups challenging the movie for promoting abuse, such as a London organization called “50 Shades of Domestic Abuse,” Johnson defended her character Anastasia.
“I really don’t think that [Anastasia’s] a weak, submissive victim. I think that she’s a strong woman who is fearlessly exploring herself emotionally and sexually.”
However, Dakota and her co-stars have not yet responded to the plight experienced by the London Fire Brigade, which the group is linking to Fifty Shades of Grey, reported the Independent.
With sales rising for handcuffs and ropes, calls are also soaring for Londoners finding themselves stuck in compromising positions, which the fire brigade contends is a trend that the book trilogy kick-started.
As a result, the fire brigade is taking two tactics. First, it’s launched a “Fifty Shades of Red” campaign.
“Think carefully before getting [yourself] into sticky situations,” urges the London Fire Brigade’s Fifty Shades campaign.
And to add momentum, the fire group is live-tweeting some actual examples, along with helpful hints.
“We’ve no idea how but we rescued a man who had fallen behind a toilet #FiftyShadesofRed”
“A woman rang after her husband was locked in a titanium chastity belt. Keep those keys handy! #fiftyshadesofred'”
While the London Fire Brigade is busy extricating couples from sticky situations, a sex therapist told People that she feels the movie does justice to the BDSM community.
Meet Stephanie Hunter Jones, who is a sex therapist in Los Angeles who is candid about her 15 years of experience as a professional Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism player.
“I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was a great film. It portrayed a very small relationship in the whole vast array of different types of relationships in BDSM. The media and the film industry always like to portray a dominant/sub type of thing, but there are many different types of relationships in the community. As far as this particular type, I thought it did an excellent job.”
As for professional critics, reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey has been mixed, as the Inquisitr reported. Some contend that the dialogue is trite, while others feel that the sex scenes are choreographed in a way that’s more appropriate for a ballet art movie than a sexual fantasy.
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