50 Shades

February 18, 2015

“When I learned about the grey existing between the black and white of absolute terms, I began to experience more peace. The more I expanded my gray areas (more than 50 shades), the more peace I experienced in my life.” ― David W. Earle, author & counselor


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50 Shades

With Saturday Night Live’s recent 40th anniversary celebration, I wondered what Gilda Radner’s infamous character Emily Litella might say about the recent hoopla around “50 Shades of Grey.” She was the elderly news commentator on who was also hard of hearing. (See video link below.)

Jane:  Weekend Update realizes it’s obligation to present different views of current events. Here to tell us about “50 Shades of Grey” is Emily Litella.

Emily:  “What’s all this fuss about 50 Shades of Grey? I don’t know what the big deal is about. I’m told it’s a love story about a Dr. Grey who happens to be a Christian. He meets a woman named Miss Steele who is just gone under anaesthesia. Before he operates, he has to tie her hands down so she won’t move. What doctor doesn’t do that? Then he has to cover her eyes so she when she wakes up she won’t be scared. What a nice man, that Dr. Grey. Then to make sure there’s no dust around, he takes a great big feather and….

Jane:  Stop!  50 Shades of Grey is about BDSM

Emily: Oh, so she had a BM and not surgery?

Jane:  No, Emily, it’s a book that some people think is pornography.

Emily:  Oh…I hear young people are using old fashioned cameras.

Jane:  No, Emily, that’s not photography, it’s pornography.

Emily:  Oh, that’s different. Never mind.  (Cue applause, slow slide off screen)

Whether you’ve read the books, or have seen the film, “50 Shades of Grey” holds a powerful place in mass consciousness. My interest is not in the details—the fact that it’s poorly written, the plot line ridiculously absurd and the sexual practices shocking—it’s more about the conversations and dialogues it’s launching. Perhaps it’s here not to destroy our youth and rot the minds of millions of women around the world, but to bring into the light aspects of human dynamics and sexuality that have been kept hidden and secret. I believe it’s our collective Light that is bringing forward that which is ready for healing. I wonder, what is it that’s up for healing?

Emily Litella, Violence on Television