Published on March 9th, 2015 | by Charlie0
The 50 Shades of Grey Effect
Is 50 Shades of Grey the perfect example of life imitating art?
When 50 Shades of Grey first hit bookshelves in 2011 it didn’t take long for the news channels to pick up on it. We were treated to stories of it’s popularity, and the effect it had on the public. From sparking the biggest baby boom in 40 years, to the response from the BDSM community, it seemed like 50 Shades was everywhere.
It’s been a little while since the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey was released so we thought we’d take a look at some of the more … interesting stories to emerge.
Lets start by talking about some of the best parodies that popped up on social media in the lead-up to the release of the movie. Remixes of the trailer seemed to dominate social media news feeds around the world.
From the hilarious “50 Shades of Buscemi” …
… to “Gay Men Read 50 Shades of Grey” …
… the laughs kept coming.
Of course there were many more serious stories as well. One of the darkest was the story about 3 Scottish women attacking a man at a Valentines Day screening of the film. The guy was OK, but the women (aged 31, 38, and 51) were arrested.
Then there was the woman in Mexico who was arrested for masturbating at screening and escorted out in handcuffs. The jokes about that one write themselves. Twitter was filled with remarks like “After she was handcuffed she asked the police if they could blindfold her as well”.
While all of those videos and stories (as messed up as some of them are) are entertaining, the BDSM community hasn’t always been as accepting of 50 Shades of Grey.
One article that interviewed a trio of experts came to a few surprising conclusions. One complaint was that the film wasn’t actually very kinky. Emily Sarah, fetish model and performer, went so far as to describe the film as “vanilla”! Another described the film as “dangerous” for emphasizing Christian Grey’s total control over the inexperienced Anastasia. The final expert, Jon Blue who is not only a BDSM enthsiest but also holds a PhD in reproductive physiology described 50 Shades of Grey as “…like an instruction manual for a psychopath”.
So it seems that no matter what 50 Shades of Grey will always bring out an opinion. Whether it’s funny, dangerous, or critical, everyone has something to say.
What do you think? Do you have any 50 Shades of Grey stories to share? Let us know in the comments!