NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Friday, the much-anticipated movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens in theaters nationwide. The film is based on the erotic novel of the same name.
According to Fandango, Southerners and mid-Westerners are pre-ordering tickets to the movie significantly more than the company’s analysts had predicted.
Parnassus Books’ Inventory Manager Tristan Charles made a guess as to why residents of the Bible Belt would want to see the sex-themed movie.
“I think that’s because we have more perceived moral rules against enjoying that type of stuff. Anytime you tell someone to not watch something, or not read something, they’re more inclined to be interested,” Charles said.
Senior Pastor Pat Hood of Lifepoint Church in Smyrna has been dismayed at the amount of attention the book and movie have received.
“It saddens me greatly from a sociological standpoint. [The book is] so degrading, dehumanizing that I can’t see how a woman would could celebrate that in our world,” he said.
Pastor Hood also expressed concern over the depiction of violence against women in the story.
“Pornography is proven to increase violence, and there will be a lot of women who will be hurt, who will be harmed, who will be abused and battered because of this movie,” he added.
In contrast, Charles speculates society is becoming more accepting of erotic fiction.
“I think it came along at just the right time where it would be acceptable for so many people to read it,” he explained. “I think there’s safety in numbers. You don’t get as embarrassed about reading a book like that if all your friends are reading it too.