Turns out the London Fire Brigade isn’t the only group concerned about the release of Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to BBC, a group called 50 Shades is Domestic Abuse protested the film’s London screening, holding banners with messages such as “Mr. Grey is a Rapist.”
Natalie Collins started the group more than two years ago when the books came out. Collins told BBC, “We felt really concerned about the way the books romanticize abuse and glamorize an abusive person.”
At the premiere, the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, shared her thoughts with BBC, saying that she didn’t think they could judge the film unless they’d seen it. “What Dakota [Johnson] and I did throughout the journey of Anastasia was to empower her,” Taylor-Johnson said. “Every sexual encounter that she has with Christian is one that she’s gone into willingly and complicitly until the moment he crosses a line. And when he crosses that line it’s a very firm no and she has the final word—she has all the power and he’s the vulnerable one so I don’t think there’s any glamorization of it.”
The protesters were removed by security when the book’s author, E L James, stopped to pose with fans.