Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has found himself on the defensive after announcing on Twitter he had seen and enjoyed the film "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Wilson, a Super Bowl-winning, star quarterback in the NFL, is also an outspoken Christian who regularly shares his views on religion and Bible verses on social media.
Because of his persona, fans and others blasted Wilson for seeing a screening of the film -- which is based on the bestselling sadomasochistic romance novel -- Thursday night.
@DangeRussWilson COME ON MAN!!! THAT MOVIE IS MORAL FILTH!!!— PastorMatt Krachunis (@krachunis) February 13, 2015
@DangeRussWilson very shocked U wud hav seen that frankly it's disappointing very disappointing— Chris Crowe (@crowe1876) February 13, 2015
@DangeRussWilson wow you trying to lose people's respect?— Fred Hartley IV (@fredhartleyiv) February 13, 2015
@DannyJamo23 I'm not going to unfollow him, I still love Russell and have since his Wolfpack days. Just disappointed by this tweet.— Hampton Knapp (@hampton0820) February 13, 2015
The film, which already made $8.6 million from late-night showings on Thursday, has been heavily criticized for its heavily sexual theme and treatment of women.
Wilson obviously noticed the backlash to his tweet and defended himself.
Saw a movie filmed in the town I call home. Provocative/disturbing no doubt but that does not make me less Faithful. Have a blessed day! ¿¿¿¿— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 13, 2015
Wilson followed up that tweet with one about the ultra-violent 1983 gangster film "Scarface."
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Now on a more serious & lighter note... #ScarFace is an all time ultimate classic! "She's a tiger..." ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 13, 2015