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“It seems intriguing, but a little different:” Fifty Shades of Grey movie causing controversy

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Backlash over a very talked-about film. Women's groups are standing up against Fifty Shades of Grey -- calling it violent and disturbing. But moviegoers say it's just that, a movie.

At the Downer Theater on Milwaukee's east side, there is anticipation for a new film with a lot of buzz.

"I'm excited, I'm excited to see what happens," said Kalee Lafler, moviegoer.

The newly released Fifty Shades of Grey is a film based on the very popular book by the same name. It depicts a sexual relationship that involves bondage and sadomasochism.

It's being called an erotic film but critics are calling it disturbing.

"Love doesn't hurt, love shouldn't hurt. It gives the message that violence can equal love," said the Director of The Women's Center in Waukesha, Angela Mancuso.

Mancuso hasn't seen the film or read the book, but believes Hollywood is sending the wrong message.

"Not every relationship like what's depicted in the movie was a happy ending," said Mancuso.

Mancuso says the reality is not always as glamorous.

"There are thousands of women today who are in this sexual violence dynamic who do not want to be and who are greatly harmed and traumatized by this," said  Mancuso.

The critics are not stopping moviegoers, but some are entering the theater a little hesitant.

"It seems intriguing, but a little different I guess," said Madeline French, moviegoer.

Ready to draw a conclusion of their own.

"I'm not sure, I'm a little skeptical," said French.

The theater expects some long lines on Valentine's Day.

Meantime, some women's groups are encouraging people to donate $50 to women's groups instead of seeing this film.


  • Carol Tomaszewski

    ok first, did you not read the books before going to see the movie? Second, are you living under a rock and not know what these books were about? Third, where was all this protest and concern when these books were selling millions of copies?

    • Mr. Bob

      Carol, she admits in the story to not having read the books or seeing the movie. This is a ploy on her behalf to raise funds for the women’s center. While I support the good that the center does for women and children, this reeks of being selfish and self-serving to capitalize on the release of a movie. Go out and tell the public about the good work the center does, don’t take cheap shots at a movie and books you have no knowledge about…

  • Mr. Bob

    Angela Mancuso capitalizing on the release of a movie to garner more donations for the woman’s center. Brilliant move Angela. Mancuso hasn’t seen the film or read the book, but believes Hollywood is sending the wrong message. Perfect, love it when someone does absolutely no research on a topic but feels as though they are qualified to comment on it. Angela, first of all, it is only a movie. Just like the Exorcist was a movie. I’m not aware of any increase in people spinning their heads around or an epidemic of projectile green vomitting occuring after that movie was released in 1973, but perhaps you could enlighten me on that? Secondly, so long as two partners are both willing participants and nobody is injured, what business is it of yours what they do in their bedroom?

  • jen

    This lady needs to try reading the books first…. Or now at the very least see the movie and just because someone sees this movie or reads this book does not mean that there will be an increase in s&m why because this is all nothing more than fantasy!

    • Mr. Bob

      Jen, so if there is an increase in S&M after seeing the movie and partners are both willing participants what is the harm???

  • Leslie

    Fifty Shades of Grey is an amazing and awesome movie and I am a female! It’s not about abuse it’s a love story! I’m sick of people trying to say it’s something it’s not! No I wouldn’t donate $50 to those women at The Women’s Center they are so confused by something in their past that they can’t see the movie for what it is! I come from an abusive relationship but I didn’t see anything wrong with the movie! This group is wrong! The movie however OUTSTANDING!!!

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