Several weeks ago I was at the Movies and an anti domestic violence ad came on the big screen followed by the Trailer for the new instalment of the 50 Shades of Grey Movies, 50 Shades Darker. I had a bit of rant on Social Media, one about the placement of the ads side by side, but mainly about how we have a domestic violence problem in Australia, yet we celebrate a movie that focusses on a woman being hurt by the man she loves.
The sad thing is that the 50 Shades books around the world are super popular with women….Go figure.
And doesn’t that send a mixed message to men?
Today however on the Today Show, Richard Wilkins was scathing in his attack on the movie.
Here is some of the text from his review
The Nine Network entertainment editor went to town on the controversial film on the day of its Australian release, which is timed for Valentine’s Day.
But according to Richard “Dickie” Wilkins, there is nothing romantic about the movie, which he said “makes Bold and the Beautiful seem interesting”.
Dickie joined the chorus of critics who believe that the story appears to glamourize a domestic violence situation.
“Why-oh-why would an impressionable young lady get into an abusive relationship with a rude, arrogant, humourless, narcissistic, sadist?” he asked. “I don’t get it.”
Giving the film two stars, partly because it was “beautifully shot and styled”, Dickie concluded: “It’s glorification of domestic violence.”
TODAY co-host Lisa Wilkinson agreed: “I loathed the first one. I don’t support that sort of stuff.”
She added: “I assume those two stars are for the two choc tops you had to try and get through the screening?”
Lisa famously went viral in 2015 with her blistering attack on the first film, in which she dubbed it “domestic violence dressed up as erotica”.
She said that the character of Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) “single-handedly sells the women across the world short”.
In the original film, Steele becomes submissive to the emotionally inaccessible BDSM-practising billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
The sequel sees the pair reuniting under new terms – just as his past lovers come back to threaten their relationship.
To see the actual video of the review Click Here
If we want to get serious about curbing domestic violence in Australia and increasing respect that men have for women….then movies like this should not be screened in Australia. I know that sounds dramatic and very nanny state of me…..but at the moment I am writing a blog about the failures of the bail system, triggered in part by the murder of a wife by her estranged husband not 15 minutes from where I live. Violence is real. Women are being hurt. And there is nothing erotic about that.
Anyway, that’s what I think,
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