Fifty Shades Of Grey movie banned in Philippines?

The movie Fifty Shades of Grey, the highly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book, might be banned in the Philippines.

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Rumor has it that religious groups including the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Couples for Christ (CFC), and Youths for Christ (YFC) are against the public showing of the controversial movie in the country.

Said organizations reportedly expressed opposition to the movie as it is contrary to the teachings of the Church. It is also feared that the film will not only set a bad example for the young generation, it will encourage immorality as well.

The CBCP allegedly wrote a letter asking the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to officially ban the Fifty Shades of Grey movie in the Philippines while the CFC and YFC purportedly requested the cutting of sex scenes in the film.

Our efforts to reach the CBCP for comment through its social media arm have not been successful.

While the CBCP website does not contain anything that would confirm such reports, Fr. Francis Ongkingco of CBCP News mentioned 50 Shades of Grey—the book and the movie—in his article titled "Early Bird Gets the…?"

Citing a particular website's shocking "Dirty Dozen List" for 2014, the priest wrote:

This bestselling book series and upcoming movie are normalizing sexual violence, domination, and torture of women. Oprah Winfrey Network, Broadway and other mainstream outlets have even promoted this abusive lifestyle."

In the write-up's conclusion, Fr. Ongkingco added:

Perhaps, not everything on the list may apply to our cultural setting, but react we must. With prayer, a lot can be done, especially praying for the conversion of those promoting such immodest and inhuman content, as well as their victims."

Meanwhile, News5 Everywhere anchor Lourd de Veyra pointed out during his program that talks about banning Fifty Shades of Grey in the Philippines might be a promotional strategy for the film, which is set for a Valentine's 2015 release.

Check out his comment in the following video: