Madonna doesn’t think much about "Fifty Shades of Grey," the kinky novel that has sold more than 100 million copies.
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“It's pulp fiction,” the 56-year-old entertainer - widely credited for leading a revolution in sexual attitudes over the past 30 years - told Billboard magazine after reading E L James' best-selling erotic novel.
“It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’" She also slammed the book for being unrealistic. "I also thought, ‘This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much.”
The bestseller tells the story of an innocent, sexually inexperienced college student who falls for a dashing, yet troubled billionaire with a BDSM fetish.
Madonna - who reportedly prefers to be addressed by her kabbalistic name, Esther - and James have worked together in the past, with the author serving as an executive producer on the 2001 documentary about the singer, “There's Only One Madonna.”
"That was a long time ago," James told Us Weekly at the "Fifty Shades of Grey" London premiere on Thursday. "I think good luck to her. I think she’s an amazing artist who pushes boundaries, and boundaries need to be pushed now and again."
The film version of the book was released officially on Friday, the same day the Billboard interview was posted.
Despite receiving mostly negative reviews from top critics, the movie has already made $8.6 million at the U.S. box office since Thursday, when previews of the movie were screened at 2,830 movie theaters, according to the Hollywood Reporter.