Recently, it was announced that the English literature classes in The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) schools will now teach Harry Potter, Agatha Christie's novels, 'The Hobbit' and Feluda.
Syllabus of classes from III to VIII will include graphic novels of Asterix, Tintin, American cartoonist Art Spiegel man's Holocaust saga 'Maus' among other books.
In an interview, actress Shilpa Shetty wholeheartedly supported the move and said,
"Books like Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age. They should include books like Little Women, as it encourages respect towards women at a young age. Even a book like Animal Farm can teach the little ones to love and care for animals."
While Shetty's heart was in the right place when she made the comment, the fact that she thought Animal Farm, a 1945 dystopian novella by George Orwell, held up as one of the finest examples of political satire, is children's literature, was enough to immediately draw the blood hounds.
Meanwhile, in real dystopia, Shilpa Shetty thinks Orwell writes books for children... pic.twitter.com/PD1Xc4cx9x— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) November 28, 2016
Shilpa Shetty: Animal Farm teaches us to love and care for animals.— Neha (@oxymoronic_me) November 28, 2016
Me: One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest is about learning to fly over a nest. pic.twitter.com/JB8ksRVivJ
Shilpa Shetty thinks Animal farm is about caring for animals. Okay then. pic.twitter.com/dMZXYTChwL— Vivek Tejuja (@vivekisms) November 28, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen, Shilpa Shetty.— Jonathan Gouveia (@justjonathan90) November 28, 2016
I want to read the version of Animal Farm that she did. pic.twitter.com/CzhNbFa5Bl
While some believed the actor could've been misquoted.
While rest of Twitter started the hashtag #ShilpaShettyReviews which is currently trending in India.
Just watched Independence Day: Resurgence. Guy who played Nehru was brilliant. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) November 28, 2016
"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits." #ShilpaShettyReviews— Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) November 28, 2016
Half Blood Prince is about a prince with haemophilia #ShilpaShettyReviews— PT (@peeteeonyou) 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
The Hunger Games is a great series on Karwa Chauth. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Nirwa Mehta (@nirwamehta) November 28, 2016
Catcher in the Rye is a must read for anyone who wants to know how Abhishek Bachchan got married.#ShilpaShettyReviews— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) November 28, 2016
Kids should read Chetan Bhagat Novels. He writes about the importance of worshiping God. That's why his name is Bhagat. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 28, 2016
Today I'm gonna talk about "David Copperfield" and it is about the copper mines in England. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Vivek Tejuja (@vivekisms) November 28, 2016
Kids must read Kamasutra book. So that they know what is the secret of getting work done. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 28, 2016
"I recommend children reading A Clockwork Orange because it teaches children how to take care of orange clockwork"#ShilpaShettyReviews— 💯Priya (@supaarwoman) November 28, 2016
The Shining is a great book about Dr. Batra's bald patients. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 28, 2016
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book about a group of lions and racism. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Purva Scamander (@thatobesewoman) November 28, 2016
The Life of Pi should be read by all children as it will enhance their mathematical skills. #ShilpaShettyReviews— Shashank Singh (@RccShashank) November 28, 2016
Fifty shades of Grey is an instruction manual for dot matrix printers #ShilpaShettyReviews— Fahad R. Bhatti (@frbhatty) November 28, 2016
"The Lord Of The Rings is the best autobiography of Bappi Lahiri ever." #ShilpaShettyReviews— Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) November 28, 2016
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