Thursday, February 19, 2015

Disturbed by what is now accepted as entertainment and education

Little makes me wonder more about the moral degradation of modern day society than a movie about bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism and masochism (BDSM) opening in theatres on Valentine’s Day weekend. The fact that Fifty Shades of Grey romped to the top of the U.S. box office with a stunning $81.7 million opening weekend take might fit in the category of “little.”

Fifty Shades also opened big globally, with an estimated $158 million outside the U.S., becoming the biggest R-rated film debut internationally.

I know I shouldn’t have expected anything less. E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 52 languages, despite negative critical reception of the book, based in particular on the quality of the writing.

If anything is more depressing, it might be the constant advertising for the movie and the tone that seemed to be set about this being a romantic escape based on fun fantasy.

I don’t need to read the books or go to the movies to tell you if this is where pop culture has gotten, it is evidence of a damaged society.  (more...)

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