One local Christian campaigner has described Fifty Shades of Grey as 'pornographic' and a movie that 'portrays and accepts sexual violence against women'
Mary Doherty told the Inishowen Independent that she is delighted and relieved that Buncrana Cinema - which doubles as a parochial house - will not be screening the adaptation of the popular book by E.L. James which depicts the kinky pseudo-BDSM relationship between characters played by Belfast's Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Despite reports that Fifty Shades of Grey had been banned from being shown, a spokesperson for Universal - the film's distributors -have said that they turned down the cinema because, "St. Mary’s Hall is a one screen cinema and cannot play a film for 7 consecutive days.
'Pornographic' and 'Sexually Violent' film Fifty Shades Of Grey, which opens next weekend, WON'T be shown in Buncrana http://t.co/DH6qC4MQwt— Caoimhinn Barr (@moville_red) February 5, 2015
Odd that, for example, American Sniper (killing woman and children) is okay for Buncrana Cinema when 50 shades (sex amongst adults) isn't !— Greg Hughes (@GregHughes2) February 5, 2015
The cinema has also put out a message on Facebook stating that the reason they are not showing the film in their cinema is because it is too small and "because the distributor didn't give it too us"
The rumours that the town had banned the Fifty Shades of Grey film had sparked comparisons with a certain episode of Father Ted.
Fifty shades of grey banned in Buncrana cinema. I can't help but think of this. pic.twitter.com/ilEN2xiwLO— Tony McCole (@tonymccole) February 5, 2015
Ireland is literally turning into a Father Ted episode. Careful now. http://t.co/DvDTuIWErT— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) February 5, 2015
Here's the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey to give you an idea of the what the fuss is about.