A top cinema has come under fire for hosting a special screening of raunchy film Fifty Shades of Grey – for parents and BABIES.
The Barbican has been slammed by parenting groups for organising a special showing of the erotic thriller especially for parents and infants under 12 months.
The central London performing arts centre and cinema, the largest of its kind in Europe, will only allow adults with young children in tow to view the 18-rated sex film on February 23, based on the popular bondage books by EL James.
Leading parental support group OneSpace are among the groups horrified at the ‘inappropriate’ film choice.
A spokesperson said: “Research shows that babies are affected by a mother’s emotions and can become frightened of loud sounds from as early as in the womb.
“We know that violent or sexual images can also have a negative impact on a child, especially as they don’t understand the context.
“Obviously the decision rests with each parent, but overall we feel that to put a very young child through this experience just isn’t necessary.”
The film is set to be released worldwide on Valentine’s Day.
Laura Evans Vogel, from London-Baby, also took a swipe at the historic cinema.
She said: “The mum and baby crowd is not the target market for this film.
“I can honestly think of nothing more awkward.”
But the cinema have defended their controversial decision to show the explicit film, starring Jamie Dorman and Dakota Johnson.
A spokesperson said: “Parent and baby screenings are very popular among a loyal audience.
“Since the Barbican started these screenings 16 months ago, the audience has grown exponentially and we have found that generally they want to be able to see the films that everyone is talking about.
“The interest in the release of Fifty Shades of Grey is huge and the Barbican have recognised that this audience will want to have the opportunity to be able to join in the conversation.
“To make the experience baby-friendly and safe we ensure that both the lighting and sound are kept at a low level.”