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July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The first trailers for Fifty Shades of Grey have inevitably triggered the first round of controversy over the movie. Conservative religious and parents groups immediately condemned it. The film, said Morality in Media, will contribute to a "rape and sexual violence culture [that] is now permeating our society." It particularly objected to the S&M scenes in the trailer (an apparent condensation of the S&M descriptions that are chronicled throughout the novel). "With the popularity of this book, mainstream opinion-makers (like Oprah, the Today show and Broadway) are telling the public (especially youth) that humiliation, degredation [sic] and torture in sex is normal and to just give it a try," the group said. The Parents Television Council objected to portions of the trailer being aired on NBC’s Today show. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the PTC’s Melissa Henson said that the trailer is "definitely going to be appealing and probably going to pique [a teenage girl’s] interest and be something that she wants to see — and for parents that don’t know what the book is about or what the movie is about, they may easily consent to letting their teenage daughter see this film."