Article by Natalie de Winter of the Huffington Post
Fact: films and TV influence our lifestyle choices. Sometimes it’s fashion (Flashdance, Miami Vice, The Matrix), other times it’s hairstyles (Friends, Ghost, Pulp Fiction) and often it’s quirky extracurricular activities like pole dancing (Striptease), Roller Derby (Whip It) or archery (The Hunger Games). But for some people the power of film is so great it can lure them into exploring a whole new subculture. I mean, everyone knows if you let your daughter watch Frozen, it’ll make her a lesbian.
Having pondered this, I’m a bit concerned. Two weeks ago a little film called Fifty Shades of Grey was released, and I’m convinced nothing good can come of the influence it is having on the general public’s interest with BDSM. So it’s to you, general public, that I voice this plea; if you’re going to let Hollywood tell you how to live, and if BDSM is something you’ve always thought about, please, I beg you, don’t let Fifty Shades of Grey be your inspiration. Get yourself along to writer/director Peter Strickland’s sublime The Duke of Burgundy instead.
For those of us too busy, lazy or intelligent to read the Fifty Shades Trilogy, the movie version presents us with fewer excuses to avoid it. For the first two in that list, there’s likely to be a high percentage to whom losing a tenner and two hours of their life is not as much of a deterrent as trawling through 1500 pages of atrociously written sludge. And for those falling into the last category, the fact that director Sam Taylor Johnson’s name is now constantly prefixed with the words ‘the artist’ means you’ve got one less reason to snub the film.
After just a week on release, Fifty Shades of Grey became the highest R-rated earner in UK film history. Unsurprisingly, it’s also made almost $150 million in America, so far. So it stands to reason BDSM communities will once more see a huge influx of curious newbies. But if you’re going to let film or TV influence your lifestyle to this extent, you need to make sure it’s the right type of influence. For example, if somebody said to me after seeing Nightcrawler that they were thinking of getting into TV News, I’d say “What are you, a sociopath?” And then I’d tell them to go watch Broadcast News. Yeah OK, it’s outdated, but at least nobody’s going to die.
Read the original article HERE.