Mayor de Blasio is laughing off a GOP attack ad that depicted him as the submissive character in the sexually charged blockbuster "Fifty Shades of Grey" resting his head on the Rev. Al Sharpton's shoulder.
Several "Fifty Shades"-inspired phrases appeared on the digitally altered poster tweeted by the state Republican party Tuesday, including: "Tied up by his habitual lateness. ... Dominated by the duties of his office. ... Handcuffed by his poor management of the NYPD."
It was dubbed "Fifty Shades of Bill" and de Blasio was portrayed wearing a dress. A GOP spokesman said that's because the movie heroine and the mayor have completely ceded control of their respective situations to outside forces.
The mayor initially declined comment when asked about the poster Tuesday. Asked about it again Thursday, de Blasio said he hasn't seen the movie or read the book upon which it is based, and joked that he asked star Dakota Johnson to play him in any upcoming biopic of his life.
Sharpton's organization, the National Action Network, deemed the image offensive and called for an apology.
Sharpton runs the National Action Network and is a talk-show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.