I have a problem. A Fifty Shades of Grey problem.
Now, before you get carried away, I’m going to clarify: I have devoutly decided to boycott anything that promotes the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. I’ve never read the books or watched the movie. As far as I know it is glorified Twilight fan fiction that displays an abusive relationship between a sadist and an ignorant woman as a consensual and accurate portrayal of the BDSM community—and that’s enough for me to want to avoid the franchise for life.
This is a problem because I like Ellie Goulding.
Ellie Golding has this airy, controlled voice that I absolutely love. My favourite video of her is this acoustic version of Lights. So I’m not surprised that I really liked “Love Me Like You Do.”
I only heard it the other day in the car with my dad, who was picking me up from school (yay!) because I was on campus late for a career fair. My dad only ever listens to the radio, and between him and my mom, he’s the one to go to if I want to talk about pop music. (My mom thinks pop music nowadays is meaningless gibberish.)
But back to the radio! I don’t listen to the radio anymore. Ever since artists started uploading music to YouTube, and I could make my own personalized playlists, I’ve been estranged to radio waves. So when I heard Ellie Goulding on the radio, I was quite excited.
And then I get home, pull up the music video (and subscribe to Goulding’s VEVO, because for some reason I wasn’t), and discover…Fifty Shades of Grey.
I immediately searched the lyrics and found—well, what do you expect? It’s Fifty Shades of Grey. I found gratuitous sex.
I have problems with songs about sex if they’re trashy. By contrast, “Love Me Like You Do” is fairly classy. It’s sincere, it’s rather sensual without being tasteless. It uses techno properly, the electronic beats punching out the lyrics, adding strength to Goulding’s vocals instead of drowning them out. And I will never get over how awesome that violin is at 3:13. So as far as the song itself, I’m quite happy with it.
(I wouldn’t be writing about it if I didn’t.)
My problem is that the music video makes the movie look like it’s a healthy relationship. Which it isn’t. I had this problem with Beyonce’s “Haunted” too, because I liked the stripped down sound, but it’s for Fifty Shades of Grey.
It’s more of a moral dilemma. Still, I really like the song, so maybe I could just forget it’s affiliation to the movie…? I don’t know.