Fifty Shades of Grey has been criticized for glamorizing an abusive fictional relationship, and now a work of fanfic based on everyone's favorite love story, Chris Brown and Rihanna, has sparked outrage for glamorizing a real life abusive relationship. The "book" (I use that term very loosely), called Fifty Shades of Sin, was written by J Lola and is being sold as an Amazon Kindle single. The book follows the "love" story of Chris and Robyn (get it?) who fall in love in a "hopeless place" (get it again?).
The book's understated and achingly lovely description goes like this:
From the moment they meet, [Chris and Robyn's] attraction is explosive. They fall hard for each other. They crave each other every minute of the day. However, they just can't be together. This is a story about love, but it explores the difficulties, sacrifices, and pain that love brings as well.
Heavy on the pain! Some excerpts include Chris threatening to "beat the shit out of" Robyn's boyfriend and to break someone's hand. Robyn (Rihanna's real name) is scared by this -- which doesn't stop her from ruminating on what Chris would look like naked.
After the star-crossed pair have sex for the first time, Chris romantically confesses that he is "really fucked up" -- which is probably the exact thing Chris Brown actually says to his paramours. J Lola, how did you know?!
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The book is to be a series, which the author threatens promises to culminate in a scene at the Grammys, with Robyn/Rihanna getting beaten to a pulp by Chris/Chris. Just like real life!
Honestly, it's so sad that this is considered romantic fantasy. I don't care what people say about fiction being escapism. What goes into your brain goes into your life. Impressionable women who read this nonsense are likely to come away with the idea that violent men can be tamed with enough sex and subjugation. Guess what, this doesn't work in real life.
Just ask Rihanna, who gave Chris another chance, only to see him hightail it back to another girlfriend. She got lucky though.
Other women who find this fantasy appealing enough to give it whirl in real life could find themselves dead.
Would you read this?
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