Seems like it had to be only a matter of time before the porn industry was all over the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. Not to mention before they got slapped with a lawsuit for being all over it. TMZ is reporting that Universal Studios -- which holds the movie rights to E.L. James' series -- is now suing three XXX companies, claiming they illegally made an unauthorized film -- called Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation -- as well as bootleg Fifty Shades-themed sex toys.
Apparently, Universal, along with Fifty Shades Ltd., say the porno isn't a parody ... and therefore, it's not protected under the First Amendment. SO lame!
I totally get and respect Universal's right to lay claim to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie that we've all been freaking out over for eons before it actually gets cast or starts shooting. But to tweak out over Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired PORN? Not only does the porn industry always riff on whatever the zeitgeist is in a tongue-in-cheek way, but never before has the zeitgeist so perfectly fit into porn. Come on! We're talking about a BDSM love story! It's almost as if Fifty Shades of Grey was "born" to be porn.
While this suit is likely totally legit, it just comes off as kinda ridiculous and almost -- dare I say it? -- insecure that Universal is going after Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation, which I would imagine couldn't possibly be anything like what the legit, probably waaaay cleaned up and toned down R-rated adaptation is bound to be. And yet the suit asserts:
The first XXX adaptation ... does not comment on, criticize, or ridicule the originals. It is a rip-off, plain and simple. By lifting exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style from the Fifty Shades trilogy, [producer] Smash Pictures ensured that the first XXX adaptation was, in fact, as close as possible to the original works.
Puhleeease! If they're really that threatened by a cheesy porn, I guess we better not get our hopes up for the real deal! Or, hmm ... maybe that means we should?
What do you think about this lawsuit -- silly or makes perfect sense?