Echoing the feelings that I’m fairly sure a lot of us are already experiencing, Matt Fraction took to his blog the other day to make his thoughts perfectly clear about the recently released Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
In the blog post, Fraction said;
So there’s a movie out this weekend based on books that romanticize, fetishize, glamorize and normalize abusive relationships. It will make 85 million dollars at the box office and move hundreds of millions of dollars of candy, soda, and cash-in branded merch.
And while sex is great and finding someone into all the stuff you’re into is great, sex is not consent to violence, a relationship is not permission to abuse, and there are thousands of women and children who have to deal with that fundamental and erroneous misconstruing of truth and wild misinterpretation of love every day.
So far, so accurate, to be perfectly honest.
But Matt didn’t stop there, deciding to actually try and do something productive about the situation by adding;
So, thinking of that film and the violence it is going to inspire and normalize – and I’m talking about straight-up abuse, not a proclivity for bdsm – between the millions and millions of dollars it’ll earn made me a little sick to think about and I wanted to do something so I didn’t feel so useless and hopeless.
To that end, Matt has announced that not only will he be donating all of the commission money that he earns between Thursday 12th February and Monday 16th February from welovefine.com (a website selling a collection branded Hawkguy merch which Matt has curated for the last year and a half) to Futures Without Violence, an organisation set up to provide “groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world” – but he will also be matching that donation out of his own pocket!
So what are you waiting for? Grab a Hawkguy T-shirt today, and give a massive middle finger to the ridiculously unhealthy message this movie seems intent on ramming down everyone’s throats.
Bro, seriously bro.