Call for ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to be banned

By Joyetter Luamanu ,

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Director of Teen Challenge Samoa: Eric Poe.

Director of Teen Challenge Samoa: Eric Poe.

The Director of Teen Challenge Samoa, Eric Poe, has called on the Government to boycott the movie Fifty Shades Freed. 

The call though might have come a little late, since a special screening of the movie was held on Thursday night at Apollo Cinemas for “a ladies night.”

The movie is the third and final installment of the erotic romance Fifty Shades Trilogy by British author E. L. James. 

Mr. Poe has written to the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, under which the Censor Board of Samoa exists. 

The Samoa Observer understands that the Censor Board has approved the movie for public screening.

 “We can’t endorse this movie and say to the public that it is okay for every adult to watch it,” he wrote.

“It is okay for the educated to analyse it without taking it to another level, what about some uneducated man if this movie will help trigger something in their mind.”

He claims this movie can influence a rich man to do what the actor is doing in the movie in trying to get what he wants. 

 “My concern is not about an individual’s decision to go ahead and watch this movie because that’s something we cannot control because everyone has access to the internet,” he said. 

“My point is to allow a movie that portrays sexual violence should never be coming from the authorities, not only are we a Christian nation, but the Government through many government Ministries and organisations like us that have spent millions in years to campaign and do awareness programs to stop violence against women. 

“Sexual violence is in Samoa and it links directly to pornography.”

Efforts to get comments from the Censor Board were unsuccessful.

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