Drive In Theater Shows The SpongeBob Movie Right Next To 50 Shades
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.
According toÂ Mercury News, Tuesday night at the theater was â€œFamily Night.â€ However, the drive-inâ€™s interpretation of family entertainment involved showing the BDSM-themed romp â€œFifty Shades of Greyâ€ on the screen adjacent to the film featuring Â 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 wasnâ€™t limited to just â€œFamily Night.â€ Theater-goer Monica Arias had a similar experience on Saturday night.
â€œIt 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,â€ Arias said. â€œThere was no way to avoid it, really.â€
â€œI went to the West Wind Drive-in in Concord to see â€˜SpongeBob 2â€² Â becauseÂ my three-year-old had been begging to see a movie and we figured ourÂ car would insulate other people from our loud kids.â€ Nagy told me.
So far, so good.
â€œAs we drove in, the SpongeBob screen was straight ahead, and the â€˜Fifty Shadesâ€™ screenÂ was to the leftâ€“and I saw a giant butt glowing against the sky, superÂ visible from a vast distance,â€ Nagy continued. Â â€œIt was a scene where they [main characters Christian Grey and Ana Steele] were walkingÂ around naked, so it wasnâ€™t just a flashâ€“both butts were in view forÂ extended periods.â€
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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