Former child star Christy Carlson Romano has braved the freezing temperatures in New York City to pose in her underwear as part of a protest against erotic thriller Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The Even Stevens star is not a fan of the film’s premise, about a wealthy bondage-obsessed businessman who introduces his young lover to S&M, and she was so convinced the big screen adaptation of author E. L. James’ bestseller would be a flop in its second week at the box office, she placed a bet with her husband, Brendan Rooney. The wager involved the loser having to stand in their underwear on the balcony of the couple’s Brooklyn, New York apartment for 60 seconds. Romano lost the bet as the movie continues to dominate the film chart, and as a result, she had to strip off for the minute-long dare.
She filmed the stunt, during which she held up a sign promoting ‘#Consent’, and in video footage posted online, she explains, “I told (Rooney) how terrible it (the premise of Fifty Shades of Grey) was and how I had major issues with the film, mostly the consent issue and I couldn’t wait to watch it fall off the next box office weekend. Then he laughed and told me he knew it was going to stink but that I shouldn’t get my hopes up because it was definitely going to win the box office this weekend.
“If he lost he would have to stand out on the freezing cold NY balcony for one full minute wearing only boxers. And if I lost I would stand out on the balcony in lingerie… And this weekend is one of the coldest in NYC history…
“So ultimately in protest of this misogynistic and misguided film, I’m going to exercise my right of consent and stand outside.”
Romano previously said of the franchise: “Both the film and the novel blur consent by claiming it’s a grey area, when it’s in fact black and white.”
The actress isn’t the only person to protest the movie – anti-domestic violence campaigners descended on the London premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this month (Feb15) and staged a demonstration outside, waving placards and banners to express their anger over the film’s bedroom brutality.