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50 Shades Receives Official Rating, Jamie Dornan Elaborates on His Butthead Sex Dungeon Remarks

He uses the words "hoo-hah."

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Despite reports that Fifty Shades‘ sex scenes might be less titillating than a Downton Abbey feather duster, the MPAA has nonetheless given the film an “R” rating, citing “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.” Step up your game, ineffectual feather duster. You have a reputation to uphold.

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Speaking of sexual content, in a recent interview with British GQFifty Shades star Jamie Dornan clarified controversial remarks he made in December about visiting a sex dungeon to prep for his role as Christian Grey:

In the course of researching this character, I have seen the reality very closely. I can tell you from an alarmingly first-hand perspective it’s not altogether sexy. But I’ve been in a dungeon with a lukewarm beer while a dominant has had some fun with his submissive and it was very playful and jovial and not at all dark and serious. There was a lot of laughter…

When asked for his thoughts on S&M overall, the actor elaborated:

I’m an extremely liberal person, I don’t give a f***. If people are into that they’re into that. By the way, if people make such a hoo-hah about the violence against women aspect of it, it’s far more common for men to be the submissive. And it’s consensual! There’s weirder shit than that. I think plane spotting is far weirder than S&M. That I really don’t get. I can understand why people are into S&M, but standing outside Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for Ryanair to come in?

It’s important to note that much of the criticism regarding violence against women in Fifty Shades stems not from concerns about BDSM, but about non-consensual and abusive behavior represented in the books. (Also, when addressing very valid concerns about sexual violence towards women, maybe don’t use dismissive words like “hoo-hah?” Unless “hoo-hah” has serious connotations in the U.K., in which case I apologize. Y’all are fascinating.)

Still, considering Dornan’s earlier statements about BDSM, I’m actually relieved by his GQ interview. Real-life sex, even great sex, is rarely surface-level glamorous in the way movies and other media condition us to expect, so Dornan’s perception of the dungeon he visited as not being “altogether sexy” and having “a lot of laughter” seems understandable and even healthy. As far as quotes from an actor who’s somehow become the default BDSM ambassador to the mainstream go, Dornan’s comments could (and have been) a lot worse.

What do you think, gang?

(via ComingSoon and Jezebel)

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