Anything can be a musical — now even 50 Shades of Grey.
Responding to the erotic novel’s popularity, YouTube user AVbyte has made “50 Shades of Grey: The Musical.”
The 2 minute song features three Shades readers — a maniacal girl who lives vicariously through the fictional young woman's ... ahem ... sexual maturation; a feminist who condemns the book as sexist and trashy; and a guy who secretly loves the series.
The video is humorous because it makes fun of us readers and packages the satire in an unexpected way.
As the spoof shows, there really seems to be three types of readers: people who shamelessly love Christian Grey’s sadomasochism, those who hate the literary garbage, and those who will never admit they adore the novels.
The musical theater characters also hyperbolize their stereotypes and take themselves way too seriously, which makes us forget temporarily that they’re actually us.
The video also uses an unlikely medium for a novel about sexual bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. Musical theater can be many things, but is not known to be sexy. The lighthearted “dum-dum” rhythm in the background and insistent rhymes in the lyrics hardly suggest violent sex. The mismatch between the musical form and the content makes the parody so funny.
Anytime we actually spell out the content and the appeal of the best-selling erotica - whether as Ellen DeGeneres' "audiobook reading" or discuss our strong responses literally — it's hilarious. Sex is a funny (but true) desire of ours, and aggressive sex is a funny (but true) desire of more people than we initially thought.