All week long I have watched the national outcry against today's release of the movie version of 50 Shades of Gray.
J. Lee Grady made an accurate assessment in his post: Let’s Call 'Fifty Shades of Grey' What It Is: Perverted.
I am pleased to see many are speaking out against it, so I thought maybe I need not comment.
However there are 3 problems that we as Frontline Moms and Dads should consider:
1. 50 Shades is Slipping into the Youth Culture: Even when we do not see a movie or even like its message, our media-saturated culture makes it almost impossible to escape the trendy themes. That is scary in this case, isn't it?
Teens watch movies—lots of them, and what they watch influences their behavior.
Check out this story of how middle school students in Pennsylvania have jumped on the 50 Shades bandwagon. Note the posters and clips all around us. Expect the terminology to sneak in, much like the Twilight phenomenon did…
2. Our kids will not understand this movie's perversion: None of us want our kids to be introduced to this violent, perverse sexuality. But their friends know about it and many even think it is “cool.” Will they be able to resist this pressure?
I am going to inform my older kids about this in a non-descriptive, general way to make sure they are not caught off guard.
3. The movie will come out in video: About the time we are all done talking about it and complaining, the movie will pop up in Wal-Mart, Red Box, and grocery stores. We must all be on guard! Many teens will happen on it once it is in home viewing capability.
Will you join me in prayer for our nation's children and teens to be protected from this vile attack on their innocence?
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