The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has collected its share of celebrity followers even among those who are not interested in playing any of the movie version's principal roles. Such famous names as Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Ellen DeGeneres, Brett Easton Ellis, and even cute little former Disney darling and Justin Bieber squeeze Selena Gomez have read passages from or made parody videos of E. L. James Ã¼ber famous "mommie porn" novel. Now the famous tome has caught the attention of the Mother (fame) Monster herself, Lady Gaga.
Calm down. Before the world (minus the little monsters) heads for the hills armed with torches and pitch forks, Gaga isn't interested in playing Anastasia Steele. At least not yet. Hopefully, that dark day will never dawn. She has, however, decided to leach off of 50 Shades of Grey's phenomenal marketing power by appropriating its imagery to hawk her new perfume, Fame. Yikes. Looks like little Stefani Germanotta didn't think she was famous enough to sell Fame all by her lonesome.
Gaga's new full-page perfume ad in the New York Times features the "Poker Face" One, or somebody, reclining naked sporting only a shiny black SM mask and a submissive pose. Yawn. According to sources, the ad was "...something that looked like the first poster for the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie."
Oh well, there you have it. Since the whole world is jumping on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon, why should the "Bad Romance" singer be any different? She was never really that different in the first place, was she? Can you say Madonna?
Note: for those who are interested in smelling like La Germanotta, Fame is being billed by Stefani and MACYs as the world's "first black perfume." Whatever that means.
Click here to see a photo of Lady Gaga's 50 Shades of Grey rip off--er--inspired perfume ad.
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker andA Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.