Fifty Shades of Hope

Let me start this off by saying that I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey and I will never read the book or see the upcoming film. I remember a few years ago, in my senior year of high school, 50 Shades became popular. In my small, private, Christian high school class, a few girls were reading the book. I even remember one girl in particular telling me that she loved it. I didn’t know much about it, but I knew enough to know that her statement seemed like something your typical Christian woman should not say. Despite being Christian, I don’t think anyone with even the slightest morality could tolerate this book. There were many blog posts and articles on Facebook that praised Fifty Shades of Grey. The book gained a cult following, similar to those of Twilight, Divergent, and The Hunger Games. This cult popularity seemed to influence more and more readers, from young teenagers to older women. Even the lead actor, Jamie Dornan, in the upcoming film, is confused by the cult following. He said, ” Mass appreciation doesn’t always equate to something good. Think of Hitler!” Let that sink in… To the best of my knowledge, Fifty Shades of Grey includes themes that romanticize misogyny, abuse (verbal, emotional, and physical), criminal behavior, general immorality, marriage, and relationships in general. To top it off, I’ve heard the book is horribly written and has no true plot to speak of (my inner, English major soul cringes). It astounds me that anyone can say this book is good, based on the sick, demeaning message it proclaims. Tomorrow the movie version of the book is being released. But, the response is somewhat different than the majority of the positive, pro-Fifty Shades responses that the book received. I’ve noticed a lot of backlash when it comes to the movie. Many writers, bloggers and critics are opposed to the immoral, dangerous, abusive things that this movie and book bring to life. It excites me so much to see a portion of society taking a stance against these things! Despite religion or faith, people are coming together to condemn a work that promotes these horrible behaviors! There’s even a petition to boycott the film, that already has over 83,000 online backers. Typically, I find that many of the world’s secular viewpoints are against what I believe. Usually the general public sides with secular, more “open-minded” ideas. “It’s your body, do what you want” type slogans and the popular hashtag “#youdoyou,” represent the mantra of our generation. Christians, more conservative people, or people that are a little more moral, get condemned as “intolerant.” On the whole, our society is humanistic, and society’s ideology says that anyone can do anything they want to, as long as it makes them happy. Happy is good, actually great! But, happiness is not what the entire purpose of life is. Happy looks different for different people, and if life was all about the pursuit of happiness, things would probably start getting more crazy than they already are. That’s why we do have laws and regulations; more so, that is why there are these innate things called morals. What I’m truly trying to say, is that I see hope in our society through what is happening with the movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey. I see a society that actually does seem to have morals—a society that cares about the things that matter in life. I see a society that has integrity and faith, coming together for the greater good. Even when it seems like this world is going crazy and that everyone is immoral and selfish, there are these glimmers of hope that shine through, in the most unexpected places (i.e. Fifty Shades). -Bethany “sorry for the rant” Radcliff


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