Samantha Brick slams 50 Shades of Grey on ITV’s This Morning, what do you think of the books?

You can’t seem to go anywhere at the moment without someone talking about 50 Shades of Grey, the publishing sensation which seems to have reinvented the ‘book’ overnight, but it would seem that not everyone is a fan!

50 Shades of Grey is the erotic literature phenomena aimed at women, but Samantha Brick has publicly slammed the trilogy of books on ITV’s This Morning, claiming that they are no better than soft porn and could be a bad influence of teenagers, or kids, who pick it up to see what the fuss is about.

The trilogy of books, which was published a year ago, was written by EL James and has been a global best seller, and the most talked about topic, this week anyway, but speaking on the ITV daytime char show, Brick, who caused an internet storm when she claimed she was too beautiful for women to like her, has hit out at the books, branding them badly written and demeaning to women:

“It’s pornography aimed at women,” she said in the interview yesterday.

“Giving it this name of mummy porn, using this kind of safe, middle-class word, makes women think it’s okay to read it.  I’m not saying they shouldn’t read it – but let’s not kid ourselves. It’s degrading.  The character is a victim. She’s a virgin. She’s negotiating to become the main protagonist’s sex slave.  That’s not where we are in the 21st century. Women are the moral compass of society. It’s us people turn to in the banking crisis, in the recession.

“We are the heart of the home and the workforce. The nature of the content of the book is demeaning and degrading to who we are.
Is it consensual? I’d say she debates it internally, For me there’s a massive danger sign with this.
We could have described the whole launch of the men’s mag generation like this – Nuts, Loaded, Zoo. But now the same editors who promoted them are saying “mea culpa, we shouldn’t have been writing those things and portraying women in that way.”

“I think there’s a real danger, with the way that this book is being marketed, and forced upon us, of something similar happening.’
It’s not only the fact that Fifty Shades is degrading to women that Samantha finds offensive either.

Not just concerned for the moral scaffolding of women, Brick also thinks that the books pose a health risk, explaining:

“There is a flip side, Without meaning to be flippant, sex games do go wrong. Hospitals are full of people who have been injured this way. Deaths have occurred. S&M isn’t to be taken lightly.”

“You have characters going into this fantasy world and there are no checks and balances in place”.

According to Brick, the availability of the book (which is actually pretty rare at the moment as most places have sold out) is not to her liking either as the book is (should be) available in all book shops, internet sites and supermarkets.  She would probably be happier if an erotic book shop opened and the book came with a brown paper bag for transit perhaps?

“Madonna released an explicit book in the nineties that was sold on the top shelf of the supermarkets in a special cover. It was sealed and there was a warning on it. But there is nothing stopping children and young teens picking up Fifty Shades, she said.

Watch Bricks previous This Morning interview in the clip below:

What do you think?  Is the book harmful like Brick suggests, or is it just a bit of light entertainment for desperate housewives?

Do you have the book?  We want to know your thoughts so leave them below:


  1. Crissy on July 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Sounds like she read a bunch of articles by people who didn’t read the book either. The book as nothing to do with sex slavary and anyone who says that should not comment any further on the BDSM in the book, or the topic at all.

    And well since she didn’t read the book she probably shouldn’t comment on how it’s sold either.

  2. Pat Powers on July 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Samantha Brick sounds like one of those women who just reflexively sucks the joy out of everything. Mommies are enjoying a more explicit brand of bodice ripper, so what? Let ’em enjoy it, it’s summer! Read the trash, visit the beach, enjoy some fantasies! If you don’t, you’re think as a Brick.

  3. Pat Powers on July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Er, “thick as a Brick.”

  4. michelle on July 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I read them and yes enjoyed them! But i do agree that they should have an explicite sticker or some warning on them so underage girls dont read them. I picked them up ages ago thinking they were just another deep romance novel!

  5. Cathy Evans on July 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I have read all 3 books at breakneck speed, mainly because I just couldn’t put them down or get enough of the too characters.

    I agree that there should have been a warning on this book sold in stores and supermarkets, but to slam the book stating that it is ‘badly written and demeaning to women’ is a little over the top. yes it is explicit and yes the girl does get ordered about a bit, but she obviously enjoys it and that is what the books are about…understanding and exploring what makes us tick. Good on the author for showing what ordinary people do actually get up to behind closed doors.

    Everyone is talking about this book, in the paper, on facebook, in the escalator (!), at work, on the tv and radio…so it’s obviously not that badly written eh?

    my husband didn’t read any of the books…but he benefited too 😉

    5 stars…can’t wait for the movie and next book!

  6. E M Lloyd on July 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    The books r great. U don’t like it don’t read it. Kids grow up knowing more about this stuff than u think. & u miss the hole thing about the dom/sub. Even though it looks as if the dom is in control & 2 a point the dom is in control. But it is the sub who has absolute control cos they r the ones who say what can happen & what can’t, & can stop it at any time. & if u r dumb enough 2 think women/girls will just buy in 2 this life just cos of a book/story. I think it says more about how u think women/girls r. Should it have come with a warning, maybe, but who knew it would do so well. & even if u had a warning on it. The younger women/girls would have found a way 2 get it.

  7. E.Brock on July 10, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I have read all three books and cannot understand what all the hype is about. There is nothing shocking or unusual written anywhere on these pages.

  8. cas on July 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I have also read all 3 books and i rushed through them as i couldnt put the books down. I really enjoyed the books for the story of the two main charactors and not for the “porn”. I was sad whenbi had finished them as i wanted more from christian and ana. Those who have a problem with the books prob havent read them and are just jumping on the band wagon thru gossip. Theyre small minded people, and should get a life. Ok, its about sex and sub/doms but its no worse than a mills and boon book! Honestly, some people have nothing better to moan about. Thanks el james for the wonderfull books, and i cant wait for her new books!

Comments are closed.