In The News… Fifty Shades of Grey & A Sticky Situation

by Maryse on July 10, 2012 · 10 comments

in E.L. James

Oh boy! My husband just called me saying he heard something on the radio about someone getting splashed with barbecue sauce ’cause of something that has to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. He said…

“I think the guy read it and didn’t like the book or something, so he splashed someone with BBQ sauce.”

Err…. say what!? LOL! So while on the phone with him, I did a search and sure enough… I found it here on, and here is the original news article on The Telegraph.

*heavy discouraged sigh*

Okay close, dear husband, but not quite. So here’s the scoop ;) . Some guy in his thirties, found out that his girlfriend of 5 years was reading Fifty Shades of Grey, was upset by this fact,

“… he felt Fifty Shades of Grey was a ‘distasteful’ and ‘pornographic’ book.”

and after a lengthy argument, decided to “show her what saucy really meant” (his words, not mine) by squirting her with barbecue sauce. Oh right. And he slapped her face first! JERK! (although he denies this).

He was arrested with assault and claims he is surprised that squirting people with barbecue sauce could be considered assault.

“He said he had every intention of squirting sauce over Miss McCormick, but he now regrets having done this, realising how stupid it sounds.

“He didn’t realise that the sauce incident would be classed as an assault. He is sorry for his actions.”

*raises a sarcastic eyebrow*

(I like how I can do that in my blog posts!! ‘Cause in real life, I don’t have that totally cool ability… both eyebrows up, or down, but never just one. *pout*)

Anyways. *shakes head*

Calls husband back… “Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?” *happy sigh*

BTW – if you still haven’t read it, you must!! Although I’d recommend hiding the sauces. And to think, I thought the sauces might come in handy in some cases… Had he just read the books, he would have totally known what to do with the sauce and nobody would have gotten arrested. ;) OH NO I did NOT just say that out loud!! *blush* Tee hee!!!

Here’s the reading order: E.L. James – Fifty Shades Trilogy Reading Order

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan Hansen July 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

This made me laugh (all of it except the slapping part), I would love to give him a taste of his own medicine!

Maria July 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I. love. you. Maryse.

The eyebrow thing – seriously – one of my wishes for life is that I could do that like so many of our book friends!!!

Maryse July 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Megan… yah a barbecue taste of his own!!

Maria: I, too, am so jealous of those who can do that!! It’s the ULTIMATE facial expression!

Danielle July 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

What is really distasteful is people assuming things about these books and not actually reading them. You can’t actually judge a book to your imagination or moral without reading! And for this man to slap and humiliate his girlfriend over a book? My husband was glad when I finally started reading them! I share my reads with him. Maybe this man felt inadequate and jealous. Christian Grey’s character is HOT even with is past!

Nadine July 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I would have to say the same. My husband reaped the benefits of me reading the Fifty Shades trilogy. Every one of my friends said there husbands benefited from the read as well. I also agree with the assumptions being made about the trilogy. I have read far more graphic descriptions of sex in many other series. Fifty Shades is a great love story.

Kelli July 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

hee hee on the last coment. Gotta love our guys who are secure in their manhood and not threatened by Fifty! lol

Mint July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Me! Me! I can lift my right eyebrow alone, or both, but not the left alone though.
My son saw it and tried to copy. It was so cute :)

Deepali July 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

My husband has also reaped the benefits of this book and has encouraged my “saucy” reading habits because of it. I can raise a brow, not too, but I found it looks strange, particularly in pictures. However when I caught my 1 year old mimicking my actions I was floored!

bookster July 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

People magazine had a real life Christian Grey pictured. Just a simple guy, not rich from Ohio but that he is constantly being asked for his autograph. Isn’t that cool? All of a sudden your name is connected to a story making ladies across the nation seriously fan themselves ;)

Stacy August 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

It doesn’t matter what she was reading, he had no right to slap her or waste good BBQ sauce—I’m from the South and you just don’t do that. They belong on ribs.
As for 50 Shades, well, I could barely read the 1st one. It wasn’t all that saucy, IMO. If you liked it, that’s great but I was one that couldn’t get over the juvenile and repetitive writing. I guess I did judge the boring sex scenes because my bedroom romps didn’t need any help from James whatsoever.
I realize I’m not in the majority here, but that’s my opinion.
I do, however, believe that the man needed to chill and let her read whatever she wanted to. Let her make her own decisions about them.

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