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By Managing Editor

The worldwide phenomena that are the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books and film will expand Feb. 10, 2017, with the movie “Fifty Shades Darker.”

A two-minute trailer released Sept. 14 for the upcoming movie tells watchers to “forget the past and slip into something darker.” A remix of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”—also used for the first movie’s trailer, but this time performed by artist Miguel—plays over scenes of Christian Grey trying to win back main character Anastasia Steele. Steele lays down the law about changes that need to be made to their relationship if they are going to be together, including no more “punishments” or “secrets.”

The number of views reached more than 114 million and broke the record previously held by the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, according to a Sept. 15 People.com article citing the figure from Universal Studios, the movie’s production company.

With that many viewers, it’s obvious people are excited about the sequel movie, and they have a right to be.

Though the “Fifty Shades” trilogy covers some socially taboo topics such as sex and child abuse,  no one should be criticized for enjoying a successful series—the first movie made more than $570 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

The popularity of the new trailer might predict the upcoming success of the newest installment of the series, and people’s reactions on social media show that audiences are enthused about the sequel. But, not everyone is as excited.

“I don’t want to pay $14 to see people having hotter sex than I’m having,” said “The View” co-host Joy Behar in response to the movie’s trailer during its Sept. 14 show.

Since the books became popular, people have been trying to kill the series and put a damper on fans’ attitudes, calling the series “mommy porn” and condemning it as romanticizing an abusive relationship—a debatable argument. 

Though the negative responses are there, as they always are, they are still outnumbered by people looking forward to the upcoming film, which was once rumored to have been canceled.

After the release of the first movie, an article from Australian Magazine NW, which has since been deleted from its website, reported that the series would not continue to be made into movies with Jamie Dornan in the lead as Grey. It claimed that Dornan’s wife, Amelia Warner, was uncomfortable with the first movie and asked Dornan to quit, though he was under contract for all three movies. E! News confirmed in a Feb. 24, 2015, article that the rumors were not true, according to a representative for Dornan, and he was looking forward to filming the other movies.

If people want to spend their Valentines’ Day watching the new movie, they shouldn’t have to be faced with dirty looks or comments for that decision.

While the film is not the most accurate representation of a BDSM lifestyle and was adapted from a “Twilight” fanfiction, “Fifty Shades Darker” is no different from any other movie created to entertain audiences. 

Whoever enjoyed the trailer and is pumped for the movie, shouldn’t let the negativity bring them down. They should proudly hit the theaters with friends, a significant other or by themself.