NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is laughing off an attack ad that depicted him as a character in the sexually charged blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
De Blasio was asked Thursday about the image released on Twitter this week by New York State Republicans.
Dubbed “Fifty Shades of Bill,” it featured the Rev. Al Sharpton in the Christian Grey role and the mayor’s face superimposed over an image of the submissive Anastasia. His head rests on Sharpton’s shoulder.
“Fifty Shades of Bill” is printed in large letters. Other phrases appear below: “Tied up by his habitual lateness. — Dominated by the duties of his office. — Handcuffed by his poor management of the NYPD.”
“A Working Families Party Production” appears at the bottom of the image with the words “Directed by Al Sharpton.”
Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, deemed the image offensive and called for an apology.
De Blasio didn’t do the same.
He said he hasn’t seen the movie or read the book upon which it is based. He then joked that he asked “Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson to play him in any upcoming biopic of his life.
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