Cough Syrup is a fad created by redblade7 in 2014. It is a spinoff from the impurity fad (which itself was co-created by redblade7). The fad centers around porn star Sasha Grey and her erotic novel, The Juliette Society.
Sasha Grey is the stage name of Marina Ann Hantzis. She took the name Sasha Grey based on the industrial band KMFDM's singer Sascha Konietzo as well as the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Sasha Grey retired from porn in 2011, which was the same year that the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was written. Exploiting the choice of her stage name, as well as her background in pornography, Grey wrote an erotic novel of her own, The Juliette Society.
The Juliette Society received mixed reviews on Amazon.com. Criticism mainly focused on the writing, some claiming it was poorly written while others claimed it was like "reading a porno" due to its overuse of words like "cock" and "cum".
The Cum Chapter & Fad on YTMND
A chapter of the book referred to by GQ Magazine as "The Cum Chapter" described, in graphic detail, the main character Catherine's love for semen and ejaculation by boyfriends throughout her life.
The "Impure Cough Syrup" site (coughsyrup.ytmnd.com), described as "The ultimate impurity video!", was created on August 28, 2014, and consists of this excerpt from The Cum Chapter, read by Grey on the audiobook:
"I like to guess what he's had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between from the way it tastes and the way it smells. Salty, bitter, sweet, sour and smoky. Beer, coffee, asparagus, banana, pineapple, chocolate. From the texture and consistency. Sometimes it's runny like half-cooked egg whites, sometimes thick and lumpy like semolina, sometimes both of those at the same time. And sometimes it's smooth like cough syrup, which is how I like it best, because it goes down so easy."
Other "Cough Syrup" Sites
The audio from Impure Cough Syrup has been used in other sites, usually as part of trolling (see below). Examples include clintons (CLINTON ROUNDTABLE GETS PERSONAL!!), created October 17, 2014.
On May 31, 2015, redblade7 posted additional material from The Cum Chapter in the site swallowingbitches (!!!CVM SW4LLOWING B1TCHES L0LZ!!!).
Cough Syrup Trolling
Similar to Impurity trolling, Cough Syrup trolling involves pasting a link to a Cough Syrup themed site, usually as a means of insulting users (such as implying they are gay). Sometimes trolling involves the creation of a site with the coughsyrup or swallowingbitches audio track, foisted on unsuspecting users.