Thousands of people who didn’t want to see ‘Fifty Shades’ were forced to see it—here’s why

Outraged parents told the media their children were exposed to the BDSM film.
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Ben Johnson By Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson By Ben Johnson

SACRAMENTO, CA, February 18, 2015 ( – Millions of Americans paid to see the sadistic film "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend, but in California, the film had a much larger and unintended audience.

The West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In showed the sexually explicit film three times a night on one of its six screens all Valentine's Day weekend. That screen flashed the film's erotic and misogynistic content to everyone driving along Highway 50, a heavily trafficked roadway through the state's capital city.

The drive-in is also located next to a family Go-Kart race track frequented by parents and young children.

Shocked parents began calling the media, including the local Fox affiliate, which dubbed the road “Highway 50 Shades of Grey.”

Parents at the Go-Kart center told the station they were outraged their children could see bondage and sadomasochism while at a family establishment, beginning as early as 6:15 p.m.

Parents inside the drive-in voiced concern, as well. One father said he brought his two boys, aged 10 and 12, to see the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, but his pre-teens caught an eyeful of Christian Grey and his victim as they pulled past the screen that was showing the R-rated movie.

The manager told the local NBC affiliate on Tuesday that he had changed the screen "Fifty Shades" appears on so it is not clearly visible from the highway and track.

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Overall, the poor-reviewed “mommy porn” tale has shattered box office records. "Fifty Shades of Grey" had a bigger opening weekend than "The Passion of the Christ".

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