Dakota Johnson stood up to protesters at the Fifty Shades of Grey premiere in London on Thursday by challenging them to see the movie, while co-star Jamie Dornan dismissed claims the film “condones domestic violence”.
The two actors walked a special grey carpet in London’s Leicester Square to unveil their new film, based on E.L. James’ bestselling novel about a bondage-obsessed businessman who introduces his young lover to S&M.
However, the premiere was marred by protests after anti-domestic violence campaigners descended on the event and staged a demonstration outside, waving placards and banners to express their anger over the film’s bedroom brutality.
Both Dornan and Johnson braved the jeers as they walked the carpet, and the actress stood up for herself by urging the protesters to see the movie, telling reporters, “I would love for them to see the film actually before making a decision since I think that it’s actually the opposite (of domestic violence).”
Dornan also spoke out to defend the film, adding, “I don’t condone violence against women but I don’t think this film does either…”
Author James, who was also among the producers of the film, backed up the stars and insisted moviegoers should be able to decide for themselves about the controversial content, adding, “It’s called Fifty Shades of Grey for a reason, it’s not Fifty Shades of Black and White… I hope people will make their own minds up and I hope they enjoy it. It’s supposed to be entertaining.”
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