N.Y. Republicans Use 'Fifty Shades' to Mock Mayor de Blasio's Relationship With Al Sharpton
"The point is to depict Al Sharpton as someone who has an undue amount of control over the mayor — and he does," a spokesman for the state GOP said.
The New York state Republican party is the latest organization to get in on the Fifty Shades of Grey frenzy, releasing a mock movie poster that criticizes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his close relationship with Al Sharpton.
The poster, titled "Fifty Shades of Bill," shows de Blasio as Anastasia Steele and Sharpton as Christian Grey, her powerful, dominant lover.
Using Fifty Shades' BDSM themes, the poster claims de Blasio is "tied up by his habitual lateness, dominated by the duties of his office [and] handcuffed by his poor management of the NYPD."
A spokesman for the state GOP defended comparing the mayor to Anastasia Steele, telling the New York Daily News, "The parallels between the heroine of America’s hottest movie and New York’s mayor are striking: both have completely ceded control over their situation to outside forces, and the results are difficult to watch."
Spokesman David Laska added to DNA Info, "The point is to depict Al Sharpton as someone who has an undue amount of control over the mayor — and he does."
De Blasio frequently consults with Sharpton, and the city's police unions have criticized the two's close relationship, DNA Info notes.
Meanwhile, Kirsten John Foy, the regional director for Sharpton's National Action Network, said the poster was offensive to African-Americans and the LGBT community.
"Whether you are from the African American community, the LGBT community or you are just a movie buff you need to be offended," Foy told DNA Info. "It's absolutely going too far. It's offensive on so many levels. It's unprofessional. Whoever is responsible for it should be terminated and they should apologize to Rev. Sharpton and the mayor immediately. … The mayor is his own man, will always be his own man, and not a photoshopped woman."
Check out the mock poster below.