So Shilpa Shetty has no clue about Animal Farm. What's the big deal?

She's an actress and an entrepreneur--not an educator. So can we let it go now?

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Nov 29, 2016
By yesterday evening, Shetty's blooper was one of the trending keywords on Twitter. Photo courtesy: Facebook/ ShilpaShettyKundra

How many times have you pronounced a word wrong in public; made statements that were completely outrageous; or flaunted names of wines you had no fucking clue about? Tons, you would say. Remember the humiliation you felt soon after? Now, multiply the embarrassment by a million--how does that feel?

In case you are a little confused by our words of wisdom, let us clear the fog out for you. We are trying to make a point here, and that is--stop crucifying poor Shilpa Shetty, please! We're sure by now you know that for the past 24 hours Shetty has been the butt of all jokes courtesy her little faux pas. Ok fine! Not, that little, maybe. But, definitely not colossal enough to be covered by every damned media website.

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The actress was asked about her views on including famous literature to be a part of Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) curriculum by Bombay Times, to which Shetty had replied, "I think having books like the 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 think 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."

Now, going by her statement it was pretty evident that she had absolutely no clue what George Orwell's book Animal Farm, was actually about. For the uninitiated the book is based on a dystopian society, inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and definitely not an example of animal welfare. Obviously, Twitterati had a field day ridiculing Shetty. But, it didn't stop at that. While we expect no better from the Twitter trolls, we do expect the media houses to refrain from sensationalizing every piece of junk.

By yesterday evening, Shetty's blooper was one of the trending keywords on Twitter, all thanks to the gossip websites earning some page views at the expense of Shetty's mistake. The actress, however, was quick to clear the air and address the misunderstanding. She tweeted saying that though she admires the writers of books like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Animal Farm, she has actually not 'read' these books and they 'are not her kind'.

Let's not forget that she is an actress and an entrepreneur--not an educator. Yeah sure, she's a mother--a famous one at that--which is why Bombay Times chose to interview her. But if we're pointing fingers at her, why is it that journalist who interviewed her and the editor who published this excerpt did nothing to point out this gaffe to her? 

At the end of the day, we all make mistakes. So just let it go now.

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