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Pardon my interruption of me celebrating Black History Month.
I have not seen 50 Shades of Grey. I have not read the book 50 Shades of Grey. But before I get into the story of my point of view, let me alert that what I’m about to say may not be suitable for the general audience. Nah, I’m keeping it straight original in which I’m going on the hypocrites per say who bash this movie.
Personally, I’m not defending the movie in a way of getting on the side of right. My question to all those who actually bashed the movie, have you EVER seen the movie? No one paid their 7 or 8 bucks while snuggling up with their boyfriends or girlfriends from the Valentine’s Day Weekend? Hey fellas, I hope you survived that holiday of hearts!
Anyway, so 50 Shades of Grey is out and folks calling out the thumbs down things. Ok. But let me say this: 20 years ago in 1995, who among here has seen the movie Showgirls? Raise your hands! Stop hiding! Fellas who were single 20 years ago now married, got saved by Jesus, rocking with children in all, have you sneaked into the theaters and saw Elizabeth Berkley almost butt naked dancing in Vegas? For those who are in the Millennial group that are 18 now, the person I mentioned was an actress on the show called Saved By The Bell that many of us Gen X’ers grew up watching characters of Zack Morris or Lisa Turtle. And before he got into stabbing trouble in my homestate, Dustin Diamond’s character, Screech was a nerd. A memorable nerd like Steve Urkel.
Callout: Can I just be straight for a minute?
As a 18 year old back in the day, when riding around on the Milwaukee County Transit Bus, I saw a sign outside of the Times Cinema near the westside of Milwaukee that read this: “Art or Sleaze. You Decide.” Showgirls. Keep in mind this was 20 years ago. And no, I didn’t go in and see the flick.I was of age even though the movie had this “NC-17” movie rating. However, I did see the movie overall….in 1996 on cable. Yep I saw the movie that most had bashed in ’95 and yes it wasn’t just about sex, and almost innuendos. It was also about struggle where the character Nomi (played by Elizabeth Berkley) was going from nowhere to somewhere. It was also about confrontation, fronting, denial, being mad at the world, and also tripping over the star to getting the star in being the star. And domestic violence against the black character Molly was clearly over the top. But towards the end, Nomi becomes the main dance star in Vegas. Now for those who have not seen it, yes I know it’s been 20 years. Many have forgotten about it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t just read Wikipedia. Just see the actual movie. Pop it in the machine and press play. But you have to really, REALLY, REALLY grown to see it!
Way back when around 1992: I KNOW everyone probably saw, or tried to see Basic Instinct! And Sharon Stone, was not messing around! And she did not mess around in 1993 when she played a character named Carly in Sliver. It was a movie that had this Apartment that was full of hidden cameras and a secret location in the place that was set up like the batcave with monitors and such. Innuendos was crazy. In 1994, there was movie that dealt with Sexual Harassment in the workplace. Has the movie Disclosure featuring Demi Moore and Michael Douglas ring a bell in which MEN were sexually harassed on the job? Don’t laugh, ladies.
Also, speaking of cable: remember Real Sex on HBO? Yo, for those who know, if you grew up sneaking up past midnight to see show to see it, technically you are not the only one. I’ll admit: I’ve seen some scenes from Real Sex that blew my mind. Not out of enjoyment! But just in general. I mean the things they had on that show that had me dropping my jaw! I mean this was the 90’s close to the early 2000’s here that the earlier stuff was considered taboo. Nowadays, Real Sex is a throwback. And yes, I’ll bet those who actually doing the things now were probably taking notes on Real Sex for things like oh I don’t know: Red Shoe Diaries on Showtime? Come on now!
As they say, Real Sex, thats a wrap! Now for those whom never heard of the show, Google. (WITH CAUTION!)
Even those shows had those blow your mind effects and I’ll bet back then there were some haters and hypocrites per say that criticize them in every way.Technically, this is nothing new. Such as banning books in your local High Schools per say about Sex. Or related subjects to the matter of it. Oh yeah, just watch your local news. They talk about it all the time. But eventually to you now parents of high school students who like to come to the schools and demand to get your son’s or daughter’s cell phone back, and show up for graduation only, or those who think are safely out in the suburban schools where things are not that negative. think again! They may not get the gist now, but later on in life after they move out your house, they will see and read a future throwback of 50 Shades of Grey and try to analyze it. MARK MY WORDS!
Who knows, the subject of this, might come up in college when they get there.
But seriously, 50 Shades of Grey is out. And like Showgirls, it will be talked about for a while and then…… what next? Going back further actually 4 years after that, Eyes Wide Shut. Remember that when 1999 was in effect? Who saw that? Seeing Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman getting busy. Don’t lie! And those Zane Novels, even Trois. Now I’m going to say this: I got three movies of Trois on DVD. I am not kidding. Now for those who probably never heard of Trois, let me say this: when or if you get them, the flicks are not all about Sex or Porn. Similar to Showgirls almost, you’ll see almost rough starts, temptations, betrayals, lust, greed, envy, jealousy, mind games, tricks, and also there is a good ending. Plus also, the Trois movies are Black Independent films on the Erotic Thriller side. (no I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s Thriller) And I remember when BET used to show those flicks! The flicks came out on video between 2000 and 2004, so it’s worth noting.
So yes, for those who are into the 50 Shades of Grey, and made it huge per say, in my book you’re off the hook. And yes those will continue to criticize the notion of one thing instead of the big picture.