The Parents Television Council and Morality in Media are putting the first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer on blast, deeming it highly inappropriate on a number of levels.
Perhaps most jarringly for the two groups, it debuted on NBC's Today show.
PTC director of grassroots education and advocacy Melissa Henson said:
“We’re talking about basically the equivalent of a dime-store trashy romance novel. Essentially, [Today] is promoting what people refer to as ‘mommy porn.’"
Yes, she referred to it as "mommy porn." And called it "poor judgment."
Because parents often have morning news shows on with their children in the room, Henson suggests NBC should have “couched it" with a very strong disclaimer.
This, she believes, is critical given the film's strong messages.
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is one "that’s romanticizing violence in relationships ... sexual violence is basically what this movie is promoting.”
Morality in Media, a group which advocates for education against pornography, was also none too thrilled with the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer's debut.
Says director Dawn Hawkins: “The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey among women sends a message to men that this is what women really want."
In Ana Steele's case, she wants THIS from Christian Grey:
"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.”
“Is this really the kind of relationship we want our daughters, relatives and friends willingly entering into?" Hawkins goes on, lambasting the movie.
"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?”
Obviously, this is not the first time Fifty Shades of Grey has faced such attacks, but with the visual aid this trailer has provided, the critics are out in force.
The Today debut was certainly unexpected, and probably inappropriate, but as far as the content goes, does its target (adult) audience take it seriously?
Watch the best moments from the 50 Shades trailer and it's clear that this can be great entertainment, but is not trying to shape anyone's values.
Do you agree? Or do you side with the PTC? Discuss!