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The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ musical is a hilarious and unexpected interpretation of the immensely popular erotica book.
Addressing several dominant attitudes about the novel and the readership that comes along with such a controversial piece of writing, this parody is well-written and relatable. Directed using the perspective of a young woman, a bored housewife and a confused male, the song conveys anxieties about the book, particularly with regard to feminism and intimacy. Because this piece is a musical, all of the content in the clip is sung in cleverly created lyrics which rhyme perfectly throughout the piece.
The group who created the video—two brothers who go under the YouTube name ‘AVbyte’—are known for creating similar pop culture parodies and specialize in song-based spoofs much like this one.