Dakota Johnson Says Critics Who Believe 'Fifty Shades' Promotes Abuse Are 'Uneducated' (VIDEO)

dakota johnson interview fifty shadesEver since E.L. James' trilogy took the world by storm, critics have expressed concern about Fifty Shades of Grey actually promoting an emotionally abusive relationship and romanticizing domestic violence. One person who definitely doesn't agree? Dakota Johnson.


The actress was confronted with the subject by Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa for TV2 in a new interview, and explained:

I think that is sort of an uneducated opinion. Maybe because I know more about the BDSM world, so it makes sense to me, but everything that these characters do, they make the decision to do it.

And what's more, Dakota believes that Ana is "not a victim" or a "sad, weak, passive person," but rather "a woman of strength and self-worth" who is "exploring her body and her sexuality in a private environment with someone that she loves." Not to mention that "it's a movie."

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Here's the whole interview if you want to see it in all its glory.

Gotta say, I agree with Dakota. Surely, plenty of Fifty Shades fans will, too -- especially after seeing the film. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Dakota clearly made a concerted effort to make Ana more empowered, confident, strong, opinionated, and anything but a mouse who's so easily mowed over by a control freaky billionaire.

Sure, there are still scenes where Christian's eyebrow-raising, controlling tendencies peek out (just like his Irish accent), but for the most part, Ana responds with giggles, jabs, or, you know, slamming the door in his face! Not like a victim at all.

Nonetheless, the mere subject matter of the story is enough to get critics' tongues wagging, so bottom-line: Haters gonna hate. But at least fans can rest assured their leading lady is squarely on their side.

What do you think about Dakota's beef with critics?


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