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Fifty Shades Darker

There are a lot of differing opinions about the quality of the Fifty Shades of Grey books and films, but somebody's desire to keep them from the public has crossed some very dedicated librarians. An unknown person or persons has apparently been hiding copies of DVDs owned by the Berkley Library in Berkley, Michigan, which has the, I'm assuming desired, effect of preventing other people from checking them out. The library has been able to recover or replace the missing films, and they now have a place of prominence on their very own library shelf with a sign that reads...

The Berkley Public Library is against censorship. Someone didn't want you to check these items out. They deliberately hid all of these items so you wouldn't find them. This is not how libraries work.

Don't mess with the librarians man.

Most of the movies that have gone missing, like Fifty Shades of Gray, Fifty Shades Freed, and Eyes Wide Shut have some similar themes that make it pretty clear that somebody took issue with the sexually charged films being in the public library, although a documentary about Jerusalem apparently also went missing, so sex isn't the only thing that somebody has a problem with. The Oakland County Times reports that after the movies went missing once, the library purchased new copies of all the films. They then went missing a second time. A search of the library resulted in many of the movies turning up, having been clearly hidden away in random corners of the building. However, this means that the Berkley Library now has several copies of these movies available to check out, and they're all now prominently displayed by librarians who won't stand for this shit, making absolutely sure everybody knows the movies are there and available.

One assumes that the person responsible for hiding the movies in the first place is very frustrated right now. With the movies now sitting out for everybody to see, it seems unlikely they'll be able to be hidden away again without somebody noticing and if the point was to keep people from noticing the movies were available, mission failed.

Say what you will about the Fifty Shades movies, critics have said plenty, but at the end of the day, it's a movie like any other. Libraries exist so that people have free access to media like books and films because knowledge is power and it should be available for everybody. While something like Fifty Shades may not be suitable for every audience, I'm going to assume the library takes film ratings into consideration when checking movies out, and certainly, the mere fact that the movies exist doesn't need to be hidden from anybody. In this case, it's also a movie based on a book, which is almost certainly also available for people to check out. No word if the library has verified that the books are still on the shelf.

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