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Fifty shades of domestic violence

Fifty shades of domestic violence

starsShelby Schueller
News Editor

Before we begin, let’s make something clear: “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not a love story.

Once again, just to be sure: “Fifty Shades of Grey” is NOT A LOVE STORY.

It is a story of an extremely abusive relationship that has been romanticized through inexplicable, sudden attraction, elaborate sex scenes and a man with a tragic backstory and a bad attitude.

For this reason, this review is the first in The Lookout’s history to receive zero stars.

“Fifty Shades” began as an online “Twilight” fanfiction titled “Master of the Universe,” which was later published as the bestselling novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Both fanfiction and novel were written by E.L. James. The film hit theaters Feb. 14 and is rated R.

The story stars college graduate Anastasia “Ana” Steele (Dakota Johnson) and a billionaire business owner/philanthropist who never smiles named Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

After interviewing Grey for the school newspaper, Steele is overwhelmed by his intensity and attractiveness, which really comes across more creepy than intense.

The cliché tale of immediate attraction ensues and Grey admits he cannot stay away from Ana.

He proves this later by stalking her at work and tracking her phone so he can pick her up from the bar. Thus, “the relationship” begins.

Here is where the story gets scary and abusive. Please stop reading if you are sensitive to these topics.

After the bar, Grey takes Ana to his apartment and shows her his “Play Room,” which is full of whips, handcuffs, ropes … you get the idea.

Grey tells Ana their relationship would not be a romantic one, only sexual, and eventually persuades her to agree to partake.

There are approximately six sex scenes throughout the film and around five instances of extreme abuse.

Examples of Christian’s mistreatment of Ana include Grey trying to get Ana to sign a contract giving him full consent for any sexual activities.

There are more stalking incidents — this time following her across the entire country, over-possessiveness and violence.

A cycle forms where Ana is unhappy with the lack of relationship and Christian wins her over through money and gifts.

The only OK part of this movie was the amount of consent. Ana does not do anything she does not want, which is good, but not good enough to save the film.

Do not see this movie; it’s disgusting on so many levels.

If you can’t stay away, please consider donating to a shelter for those who have survived abuse. I spent $5 on my movie ticket, then donated $25 to EVE’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

To donate to EVE’s House, go to and click “donate.”

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