Skip to comments.To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey
Posted on 07/31/2014 12:31:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
To the women of America:
Please do not underestimate the significance of this. Here, now, you have been given the opportunity to grab ahold of our society and drag it back from the precipice. You cannot cure all of our ills, but, if you answer the call, you can at least help us take one small step toward peace and prosperity.
This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our childrens future, our childrens childrens future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is not buy tickets to 50 Shades of Grey when its released in theaters on Valentines Day.
Not one ticket.
Weekend box office total: $0.
The biggest flop of all time.
A more massive bust than Battlefield Earth and Gigli combined. A financial failure so staggering that it results in the immediate termination of every employee at the movie studio responsible for producing it. A categorical and unanimous rejection of what is sure to be the most abominable, morally and mentally bankrupt ensemble of subpar acting and stilted dialogue ever cobbled together and presented, through any medium, to any audience, anywhere, at any point in history.
Am I overstating my case? Maybe, but stay with me.
As you may have noticed, the first 50 Shades of Grey preview debuted this week. Apparently it premiered on the Today Show at 8AM, which surely enchanted the millions of parents who might have made the mistake of turning on network television in the middle of the morning while their kids were in the room. Silly moms and dads, what makes you think you can do something like that without being greeted by a nice dose of sadomasochism and stylized sexual violence? Besides, why do you even have problem with a trailer for a movie based on a book that romanticizes a sociopathic pervert who sexually dominates a young, impressionable woman? Puritans. Your kids are in preschool now, its about time they learn about this stuff.
The preview seems to have reinvigorated 50 Shades of Grey fever. My social media feeds have been clogged by, fortunately, plenty of women condemning the movie (and the book) for its idiocy/immorality, but also many women excitedly proclaiming their eagerness to see it. In a startling and unsurprising twist, Ive noticed that some of the women who give me a hearty AMEN every time I write a post condemning pornography, are the same ones gushing frantically about this film. They dont want their husbands watching porn, but theyll not only watch and read porn themselves theyll advertise that fact to the entire world. As if the hypocrisy isnt bad enough, they had to add in a touch of public emasculation.
But its not too late to fix this.
The movie wont be released for another several months, so theres still time to make the right choice. Either millions of women (and some henpecked, kowtowing men) will run off to watch this trite, lascivious garbage while the movie executives laugh as they swim naked in their vat of freshly printed millions, or we will all stand up in one voice and say, Alright, Hollywood, you appeal-to-the-lowest-common-denominator trolls, we wont play this game any longer. We all might disagree about quite a bit, but we can certainly agree that were too smart, too moral, and we have too much character and self-respect to spend 10 dollars watching this monstrosity. Freedom!
And then well paint our faces blue and charge into battle.
Imagine the message that would send. Imagine the Hollywood elites as they look at one another, stunned and shell shocked. Dear Lord, the plebeians have become self-aware. They have standards. They wont sit obediently and devour whatever load of vapid, lifeless excrement we try to shovel into their anonymous faces. The jig is up, boys, were doomed.
Imagine. Just imagine it.
Farfetched? Perhaps. Unlikely? Maybe. Probably unachievable at this point? Yes, definitely, but let me dream. And, more than dream, let me try. Let me try to bring about this Utopia. Let me try to explain why you, women of America, are too good for this movie:
1) Because you arent stupid.
I confess that I havent read the book. In fact, if I found myself stranded on a desert island with just 50 Shades of Grey and a screwdriver, I would stab myself in the eyes with the tool so that the option to read the book would be permanently removed, even when Im on the verge of going insane from boredom and solitude.
(Although I guess I could just toss the book in the ocean and then use the screwdriver for something more sensible, like opening coconuts. Too late now. Rookie mistake.)
But I dont need to read it to know how incredibly, inconceivably idiotic it is.
Today, someone on Facebook quoted a line from the novel:
Finally, my medulla oblongata recalls its purpose, I breathe.
I thought this was a joke, so I looked it up.
Nope. Not a joke. Completely real. That line actually appears in a best selling piece of literature. That line was written by someone masquerading as an author, approved by someone masquerading as an editor, published by someone masquerading as a publisher, and then consumed by millions of people masquerading as literate.
I found some other excerpts that are almost as bad/good:
Thats the bottom line. I want to be with him. My inner goddess sighs with relief.
Her curiosity oozes through the phone.
My scalp prickles as adrenaline and fury lance through my body, all my worst fears realized.
My inner goddess is beside herself, hopping from foot to foot.
This is some very, very stupid material. It reads like a thesaurus procreated with a script from a soft core porn and then the baby fell into a vat of Lifetime Channel DVDs. My inner goddess is rolling her eyes, my inner brain is hurting.
I hope your medulla oblongata recalls its purpose and stops you from seeing this tripe.
2) Because you dont go for cynical, boring, corporate marketing ploys.
This isnt really a film. Film is art. Art exists for a reason. It speaks to us. It communicates a truth. Art is beautiful, moving, real.
This is a business decision. Its about as artistic as the end cap display at the grocery store. Its a marketing gimmick. It exists to be consumed, and for no other reason. It will enter into your mind your medulla oblongata, if you will and lessen you. It will steal another piece of your humanity. Its the opposite of art its a complete inversion. It is to art what a black hole is to the sun.
Nobody responsible for this movie ever at any point said to themselves, Geez, now this is a story that really needs to be told. It doesnt need to be told and it isnt a story. Its loveless sex and degradation. No narrative, no message, no redemption. If thats all you want, youll find plenty of it at the strip club down the street.
And if you just want to hear about a wealthy man who sexually manipulates and dehumanizes women, all you need to do is turn on the news. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, anyone? Theres your real life Christian Grey.
Yes, of course, plenty of other terrible movies have been conceived, produced, and released for absolutely no reason but to make money for Hollywood. The new entry in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series could be a perfect example of this. But, compared to 50 Shades of Grey, even a film about mutated, crime fighting turtles comes out looking like Casablanca.
3) Because youre a Christian.
If youre not a Christian then move on to the next point. If you are, then move on to Scripture:
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures. Galatians 5:19
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. - Matthew 5:28 (in this particular case, substitute man and him with woman and her)
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. Ephesians 4:19
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. - 1 Peter 4:13
But most importantly, we have to remember that sex is an act of love, an act of giving. And love has never been described better than this:
Love is patient, love is kind it is not self-seeking Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Corinthians 13:4
The problem with the sex portrayed in this movie, or in any trashy romance novel you find at the airport, or in many other films and TV shows, or in many actual relationships, is that its always self-seeking, never honest, never truthful, never trusting, and never protecting. There is no hope in it, no kindness, no sacrifice. Its selfish and removed, which makes it stale, which is why people tire of it so quickly and become so bored with it all, which is why they consume so much porn and bounce between so many different one night stands.
Christians might wrestle with these temptations, but they shouldnt try to make excuses or pretend that its OK in this case because they really enjoyed the book. Thats nonsense, a cop out, and they know better.
4) Because youre a feminist.
If you arent a feminist, this still applies. If you are a feminist, I cant possibly understand how a disturbing fantasy about a wealthy man physically dominating a woman could ever be considered acceptable in your circle. Are we sure E.L. James isnt Bill Clintons penname? Does John Edwards have a co-writing credit on this thing? I havent checked, but Im half expecting Woody Allen or Roman Polanski to be listed on IMDb as executive producers.
Ive long struggled to define feminism, but if 50 Shades of Grey makes the cut, then feminism is dead and buried.
Surely the movement is worthless if it wont loudly reject a book about a womans adventures in being manhandled and used by an emotionally stunted playboy.
But surely feminism can easily clear a bar so low and finally condemn this mindless, guttural sewage.
And surely there is hope for our society if we can all awaken from our moral and intellectual slumber enough to come to our collective senses over 50 Shades of Grey.
Surely that is not too much to ask.
Surely I am a naïve fool.
This thing will be a box office smash and we all know it.
Oh well. On the bright side, itll probably spawn 8 sequels and 14 remakes, which means Ill be able to reuse this post a bunch of times.
I know somebody who read it and they are convinced the narrator was one who was a minor age.
The best reason to detest “50 Shades” is that it’s poorly written.
It started off as a “Twilight” fanfiction piece (Bella and Edward indulge in a little BDSM) and was re-written from there.
I read it, and I found it trite - there’s nothing wrong with erotic fiction, but “50 Shades” was worse than something you’d read in Penthouse Forum. Utter crap.
The fact that this was a best seller and the movie is an anticipated “event” scares me silly about our society.
Good article but.., sex sells. (even when badly done.)
As for me? You couldn’t get me to go with a rope and a pickup truck.
Of course this will be a hit. We went over the edge years ago; can’t be fixed. In fact, all our lives it has gotten worse and will accelerate.
As for me? You couldnt get me to go with a rope and a pickup truck.
blah, blah blah! Jealous much!
Btw, the book ends with the couple married. The female predator is witch slapped. All the drama ends somewhat traditionally.
Rather watch this movie than a Nicholas Sparks tragedy where someone always dies or a romantic comedy where the hero is an emasculated boychild.
I recently watched a Bill Whittle video where he was explaining and defending Western culture to a group in Toronto Canada. While discussing the rise and fall of nations he spoke regarding the fact that a republic dies from within and that the fall is rapid. That may not be an accurate synopsis of his talk but what is accurate is the rapid rate of the growth of evil in our culture and our fall cannot be far off. We are tanking fast. Fifty Shades of Gray is a mere blip on the radar of the free fall of America.
Maybe it really was written as a joke, just to see if a publisher would fall for it. I've heard that MASH was written as a joke, yet it became quite popular.
I've no desire to read or watch 50 Shades of Grey--well, unless there is a home decorating book of that name, detailing sewing instructions for making tasteful home décor.
Nicholas Sparks is a hack.
Could not agree more. This garbage which parades as a novel, is pure evil.
I read the first book and sat back to think it all over. I came away with 1- written horribly to the dumbing of young women 2- desensitized woman to accept perverted forms of sex as “normal”. 3- create a feeling in your relationships, that if you don’t behave this way your sex life is boring. 4- this book will be another milestone into the fall of our society at large.
All my female friends could not believe that I refused to finish the 2 remaining books in the series. I told them it was not worth my time, or jeopardizing my faith.
Having said all of this, the movie will be a hit and I will not participate.
In the past month a new show has been advertised called ‘Satisfaction’, which basically promotes adultery. I have not seen it, nor do I intend to, but even the ADS give kids a wrong opinion of marriage.
Our society has become sordid, sinful, and sex motivated. Now the atheists want to do away with Churches non profit status (my advice is drop the non profit status and say what you want)...however, it always amazes me that people think they can make their lifestyles okay by getting rid of Christians.
None of is a surprise to those who read their Bible, it’s been predicted as a sign of the end times. The real issue is how do we protect the children from this onslaught of sin promotion? At this point it is coming from everywhere...tv, games, school, teachers, and other playmates.
No pyrotechnics or chase scenes? Forget it.
I haven’t read this book or series, but I hate people decrying a book or series when they haven’t read it either.
And yet another reason to stay away: 50 shades is poorly written Twilight fan fiction previously titled “Master of the Universe”.
Aren’t you special.
I must admit that I have read the book. But only because a former girlfriend said I reminded her of Grey. It was one of (if not THE) most horrendous books I’ve ever read. It’s nothing but a woman who is insecure and knows pretty much nothing about sex (she’s a virgin), and a masochistic man who uses her to satisfy his dark pleasures. He manipulates her into “enjoying” his perversions of which she eventually feels are too much for her and she leaves him. Thus setting up the sequel.
I asked my former GF why I reminded her of Grey and she said because I am irresistible. I beg to differ. If I were then she would still be with me.
I'm tempted to make some sort of puerile "Martha Stewart in Prison" joke, here ...
But I'm more interested in how you got that "e-accent" in your post.
A friend of mine and I have told our wives that if they try to drag us to this we’re going full-on MST3K to the point of being kicked out.
And we will end up being kicked out, have already come up some truly awesome (and decidedly filthy) heckles.
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