Dating violence films
“Today, the hidden message in the entertainment consumed by many impressionable teens is that if he hits you, it is out of love – which is absolutely wrong.” Another mental health expert echoed her sentiments.
“Hollywood does what it can to get ratings, so that may include domestic violence scenes.
“ Once faced with some sort of abuse, if not educated about how this is inappropriate, [young adults] may make excuses that violence is just an exaggerated way of showing one’s love.” Even the oh-so exotic and tantalizing teen/tween phenomenon "Twilight” has been sharply criticized by many who feel it enables domestic violence, as Edward and Bella’s relationship in “New Moon” raised a number of red flags laid out by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, including “Does your partner control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
” to “Does your partner accuse you of cheating or is often jealous of your outside relationships?
A grassroots movement called “50 Dollars Not 50 Shades” is asking people to donate to their local women’s shelter or domestic violence nonprofit instead of seeing a film they say glamorizes abusive relationships.
“Do something positive to offset the damage caused by Ruth Glenn, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that while we all have the personal choice to make decisions regarding a BDSM (bondage and discipline, and sadomasochism) lifestyle, the issue at hand comes down to consent or, in the case of the book and movie, the lack thereof.
“If we don’t have the discussion about what it means in the context of domestic violence, then we’re kind of saying that it is OK.” She says she’s more concerned about the younger audience of women interpreting the message as a love story, rather than as violence.
“These subtle messages are sometimes more harmful.” Some of the main character’s quotes from the book are repurposed onto movie-poster-like images on the group’s Facebook page. ” To that, the 50 Dollars group writes, “Stalking is so hot and romantic.” The dollar amount 50 Dollars Not 50 Shades has prompted people to donate so far is unknown, but they have gained more than 7,000 likes on Facebook since their Jan. Glenn knows movements like this won’t stop people from seeing the movie, but says she hopes it at least gets people talking.
Jordana Mansbacher, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column.
The powerful 10-minute ‘short’ picked up the Golden World Award for Best Producer and World Awards of Merit for Best Ensemble of Cast.