Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty finally responded to those trolling her on Twitter for her ‘review’ of George Orwell’s famous novel, Animal Farm.
According to Shetty, there was a ‘misunderstanding’ and that while she admires the writers of popular culture novels such as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Animal Farm - she has ‘never’ read these books - as they are ‘not my kind.’
Whilst I admire the writers of LOTR, Harry Potter & Animal Farm I've "NEVER" read these books(@ the cost of soundin even dumber!)Not my kind— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) November 28, 2016
..So recommending them to kids is out of the question! Obviously some misunderstanding..Don't want to get into it.This too shall pass. 🙏😓— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) November 28, 2016
She then later posted a photo on her Instagram, saying she does not want to offer any explanations. “My mom always says that when you are a celebrity, never complain and never explain, ” wrote the actress.
It all started when a national daily asked the actress’ opinion on CISCE’s decision to include popular culture books in the English Literature syllabus for junior and middle school. She reportedly said, “... even Animal Farm should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals.”
Before she knew it, Twitter erupted with trolls targeting her for an obvious mistake -- Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegory for the a surveillance state in the Soviet Union. The book is often hailed as one of the most dystopic social satires to be written.
Shilpa Shetty deserves an award for this and the ToI sub who let this pass. (Via Facebook) pic.twitter.com/yUGmR3jSh1— jairaj singh (@JairajSinghR) November 28, 2016
Twitterati had a blast, as they started trending the hashtag #ShilpaShettyReviews and tweeting out obvious -- and very wrong -- interpretations of book titles.
The Lord of the Rings will teach children the importance of returning jewellery. #shilpashettyreviews— Nirmalya Dutta (@nemo_dutta23) November 28, 2016
"Fifty Shades of Grey is an amazing coloring book.Children will love it"#ShilpaShettyReviews— Fats (@a_bit_too_much) November 28, 2016
I recommend children reading Thousand splendid Suns because it teaches them about the Solar System. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 28, 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird is a great guide on ethical hunting. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Batul Netterwala (@batuln) November 28, 2016
The Hunger Games is a great series on Karwa Chauth. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Nirwa Mehta (@nirwamehta) November 28, 2016
Read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens if you want to learn dancing. #ShilpaShettyreviews— K. Venugopal Menon (@VenuSpeak) November 28, 2016
Life of Pi is about finding the 999th digit of Pi. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Ashwani (@pasreech) November 28, 2016
The time when The Kite Runner will come in handy:
All kids must read The Kite Runner. Handy during Vasant Sankranti.#ShilpaShettyReviews— WolfMomma (@wolfmiaow) November 28, 2016
Reading "The Kite Runner" will maje kids appreciate the health benefits of running with a kite in your hand #ShilpaShettyReviews— Your Grace (@surabhimairal) November 28, 2016
And these books are not for children:
Hardy boys is not for children to read #ShilpaShettyReviews— Mr. Prime Minister (@4_tune_kookie) November 28, 2016
"Moby Dick" isn't for children. Bro, please! #ShilpaShettyReviews— Vivek Tejuja (@vivekisms) November 28, 2016
And this one will crack you up!
A Farewell to Arms is Thakur's monologue before his encounter with Gabbar Singh. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Arka Bhattacharya (@Heilige_Kugel) November 28, 2016