50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
What were your inspirations, especially since [Tauriel] is a completely created character; what brought you to bring that power because there were a lot of ways you could have played that role that would have been along the lines of what we usually see for a girl in an action movie where she’s not in the adventure, she’s the prize…?
Yeah, nonny, totally not just you. I mean, I absolutely adore the man but this?
This is fucking ridiculous. Truly, hilariously, tragically ridiculous.
You’re right in saying he’s gone a bit uncomfortable and dead in the eyes in a few of these shots, as well.
And while I appreciate this photo shoot for the hilarity, I do dearly hope he wasn’t miserable throughout.
Also, it’s a waste of what is actually a sexy outfit, yeah? White button up shirt, those goddamn green trousers, and those boots??? Seriously???
It took a lot of effort to make this look as silly as it does, with Richard dressed like that.
Alright, I confess. I took those photos. Look, I’m sorry if I’m not the best photographer in the world but you should’ve seen the shots I didn’t post.
This is when I told him to channel a pretzel:
I don’t know whose idea this was:
I told him to pose as if his favorite goth group broke up:
I got mad and sent him to the corner cuz he kept putting his feet all over my damn furniture:
You know, afterward I was so impressed with his ability to hold things apart that I took him to NYC with me and he came in very handy for my morning commute:
I’m not going to post it but oddly enough his last pose was curled up in the fetal position, shaking and crying. He muttered something about never wanting to work with me again but I think maybe he was just channeling another one of his characters.
The trailer will clock in at about 1:48 with an official PG-13 rating. It could very well drop any day now.
***No, but seriously watching it will be like***
***Peter Jackson watching the Fandom like***
I’m going to see Rich in The Crucible in August!
And guess what? Me and my sister got front row seats! ❤️
Richard Armitage in his busiest summer yet may end up killing us all.