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Drive In Theater Shows The SpongeBob Movie Right Next To 50 Shades

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Normally, I am one of the first people to tell parents to calm the hell down when their kids may have been exposed to something sexual. I think our society in general is more accepting of children seeing violence than sex and I don’t think that’s the right way for us to be as parents. That said, if I took my kids to a drive-in theater to see Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and also got an eyeful of 50 Shades of Grey playing on an adjacent screen, I would be pretty upset.

From deathandtaxes:

According to Mercury News, Tuesday night at the theater was “Family Night.” However, the drive-in’s interpretation of family entertainment involved showing the BDSM-themed romp “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the screen adjacent to the film featuring  the Nickelodeon darling Spongebob SquarePants.

Whoops! That’s either a huge over-sight or really poor planning. I am alright with my kids catching a glimpse of a naked butt but obviously, this movie is full of BDSM and sex scenes. Once we noticed, we could have left but the screen would be visible from pretty far away. I know my kids seeing some of it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but I wouldn’t be happy either. For those questioning how bad it could have been, here are some eye-witness accounts:

The awkward film pairing wasn’t limited to just “Family Night.” Theater-goer Monica Arias had a similar experience on Saturday night.

“It was weird to see these kids all around though walking to and from the concession stands with the huge butt-naked scenes on the next screen,” Arias said. “There was no way to avoid it, really.”


“I went to the West Wind Drive-in in Concord to see ‘SpongeBob 2′  because my three-year-old had been begging to see a movie and we figured our car would insulate other people from our loud kids.” Nagy told me.

So far, so good.

“As we drove in, the SpongeBob screen was straight ahead, and the ‘Fifty Shades’ screen was to the left–and I saw a giant butt glowing against the sky, super visible from a vast distance,” Nagy continued.  “It was a scene where they [main characters Christian Grey and Ana Steele] were walking around naked, so it wasn’t just a flash–both butts were in view for extended periods.”

As dreamy as it is to imagine Jamie Dornan’s butt glowing in the sky, I would have been mildly horrified if my kids saw this. And what a huge pain to get all the way there and have to leave because you don’t want your kids to see Dakota Johnson getting spanked. I guess this would be where I draw the line as far as what my seven and five-year old children are exposed to. I am really not sure how I would explain BDSM to them. This is where I would have to make the hard pass and just leave the movie.

There was no comment from the theater and no resolution that the articles mentioned. Had I been one of those parents, I wouldn’t have made a huge fuss but I probably would have asked for a refund and left. My kids aren’t toddlers and are certainly old enough to realize what they are watching-there’s no way I would have stayed. I don’t want to be a prude, but this is way over the top. I hope they stopped showing them at the same time to avoid other parents having to deal with this annoyance.

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