50 Shades of Grey detractors spur social media campaign to aid domestic violence shelters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The film 50 Shades of Grey opens in theaters on Thursday night, but not without controversy. Some people are already calling for a boycott on the sexually charged movie.

You might be seeing hash tags like #50DollarsNot50Shades on Twitter. It's a social media campaign asking people to donate $50 to a domestic violence shelter instead of buying tickets and popcorn at theaters.

"It doesn't portray a healthy, respectful relationship," said Kathy Stone, the vice president of development at Newhouse, a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse.

She see's first-hand the toll abusive relationships take on women, in fact, she too is a survivor of domestic abuse.

"It's easy to get caught up into this type of relationship and then get trapped and not know how to get out of it," Stone explained.

She read the book 50 Shades of Grey.

"I thought the female character in the story was very naive, vulnerable, curious, and a little bit clueless," added Stone, who said she didn't like book one bit.

"I felt like the book exploits women, glamorizes control and dominance, romanticizes rape, and there are red flags in a relationship that this brings out," said Stone.

"It's not your everyday, typical relationship," said Lauren Prywitch, who saw an advanced screening of the movie Wednesday night through the radio station Mix 93.3.

Prywitch said she found it to be entertaining.

"It's more of a romance movie, in my head the whole time, it was just about that," Prywitch said.

Donielle Stephenson also got to see the movie early.

"I didn't find it abusive at all," Stephenson said, "Obviously, there is the S&M factor in there, but it was totally consensual between the two, she could have left at any time."

She says although she didn`t see it as abuse, she can understand why someone else would.

"I can see their point of view, but I've never been in an abusive relationship, so maybe if I had, I would have viewed the movie through different eyes," Stephenson added.

Stone says domestic violence is not just physical, it can be emotional and sexual, and she feels 50 Shades of Grey shows the barriers of why women stay in abusive relationships.

"Male privilege, and control, submission, jealousy," said Stone, "Just demeans a woman. It really takes away her sense of freedom and independence."

Stone says she is not going to see the movie, but says some people at Newhouse plan to, and say it's just a movie.

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