Shilpa Shetty on Animal Farm goof-up: ‘Have never read these books, not my kind’

After a day of trolling, Shilpa Shetty took to Twitter to reveal her side of the story.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:November 29, 2016 12:04 pm
shilpa-shetty-759 After a day of trolling, Shilpa Shetty took to Twitter to reveal her side of the story.

Shilpa Shetty was heavily trolled on Twitter after she mentioned how George Orwell’s Animal Farm could teach children to “love and care for animals.” The actor became the target of jokes and memes after an article in a national daily had her mentioning Animal Farm — a dystopian allegory for the rise of Stalinism — as fiction for children. The actor was advocating that books such as The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Harry Potter books, Little Women and Animal Farm should be taught in schools. Shilpa took to Twitter to explain her position later and said “this too shall pass”.

“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,” she said, adding in the interview, “I think books like Little Women would also encourage respect towards women at a young age. Even a book like Animal Farm should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals.” The quote has since been removed from the online version of the article, but social media users have already shared photographs of the print edition.

A tweet from user @vivekisms, showing Shilpa’s original quote in a photograph of the print edition, with the comment: “Shilpa Shetty thinks Animal Farm is about caring for animals. Okay then” went viral. Twitter users responded with the trend #ShilpaShettyReviews – summarising books with guesswork from their titles.

After a day of trolling, Shilpa took to Twitter to reveal her side of the story. Accepting that she has never read any of the books she recommended, the actor wrote, Whilst I admire the writers of LOTR, Harry Potter & Animal Farm I’ve “NEVER” read these books(@ the cost of sounding 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. 🙏😓.”

Shilpa also posted an image with another comment, “So Mom says ,When you are a Celebrity “Never complain and Never Explain”. “Never complain and Never Explain”. Love must be unconditional.. mine stays🙏😘”