Monday, 19 April 2021

‘Never read those books, didn’t recommend it’: Shilpa Shetty on Animal Farm gaffe

LONDON: Actress Shilpa Shetty has been trolled on Twitter after she misinterpreted George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. The book, based on a dystopian society and the Russian Revolution of 1917, is a social commentary on the Stalinist era in Soviet Union. As the Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) decided to include Harry Potter series in the English Literature syllabus for junior and middle school students, starting from 2017-18, the 41-year-old actress was asked about her views on famous books being a part of the ICSE syllabus by a newspaper. To which she said, “I think having books like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’ as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age. I thinks books like Little Women would also encourage respect towards women at a young age.

“Even ‘Animal Farm’ should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals.” Just after her comment, hashtag ShilpaShettyReviews trending on Twitter with people posting jokes about other books. Taking to Twitter to clarify the situation, Shilpa Shetty wrote: “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. .So recommending them to kids is out of the question! Obviously some misunderstanding..Don’t want to get into it.This too shall pass. . So Mom says ,When you are a Celebrity “Never complain and Never Explain”. Love must be…”

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