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Shilpa Shetty was heavily monitored 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 dystopian allegory for the rise of Stalinism – as fiction for children. The actor was arguing that books like 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 his position later and said “this too will happen”.
“I think having books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter as part of the curriculum is a great move because you cultivate imagination and creativity at an early age,” he said, adding in the interview, “I think books like Little Women Respect for women at an early age. Even a book like Animal Farm should be included as it will teach young children to love and care for animals. ” The quote has been removed from the online version of the article, but social networking users have already shared photos of the print edition.
A tweet from the user @vivekisms, showing the original quote from Shilpa in a photograph of the print edition, with the comment: “Shilpa Shetty thinks that Animal Farm takes care of the animals.” Well then “it became viral. Twitter users responded with the #ShilpaShettyReviews trend – summarizing books with speculation of 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: While I admire the writers of LOTR, Harry Potter and the farm animals I have “NEVER” read these books (@ the cost of sounding even dumber My type … … recommending to the children is out of the question! Obviously, some misunderstandings … I do not want to get into it.