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Boozing Is Banned During 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Film in Idaho

State law apparently prohibits Idahoans from imbibing during racy films.

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Because consuming alcohol and viewing domination drama Fifty Shades of Grey at the same time might be two wrongs that don't make a right, the state of Idaho is prohibiting its residents from indulging in the combination. Any cinema house showing the movie is banned from selling adult beverages that can be consumed in its theaters.

Eagle, Idaho resident and movie buff Michele Williams found the ban to be a bit of a head-scratcher, per the Idaho Statesman: "I just thought, 'What year am I living in here? Women can't control themselves when they drink during this movie?' I don't know what the message was."

It may seem odd, but Idaho officials are actually enforcing a state law. From Title 23, Chapter 6, the booze ban extends to:

(e) The showing of films, still pictures, electronic reproductions, or other visual reproductions depicting:

(i) Acts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation, flagellation or any sexual acts which are prohibited by law.

(ii) Any person being touched, caressed or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals.

(iii) Scenes wherein a person displays the vulva or the anus or the genitals.

(iv) Scenes wherein artificial devices or inanimate objects are employed to portray any of the prohibited activities described in this section.

That racy section of code may be worth an alcohol ban of its own. Business owners who violate the law could face up to a $300 fine, six months in jail, and a suspended liquor license, according to the Associated Press.

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