Hotel Replaces Bibles With Copies of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
Here’s a story that may offend both the religious and fans of good fiction. A hotel in England has replaced all of its Gideon Bibles with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ the first installment in E.L. James’s notorious trilogy of “mommy porn.”
Jonathan Denby, who owns The Damson Dene Hotel, has been wondering what to do with the Bibles ever since he bought the place from a Methodist group a decade ago. Since Denby believes forcing Scripture on his guests is “wholly inappropriate” he knew he would eventually switch them out, and his first thought was to replace them with Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead.’
However that plan never came to be, and it wasn’t until ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ exploded unto the scene that he realized he had the perfect book to stick in all of guests’ nightstands.
“Because everybody is reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do,” he explained. “To have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
Of course, not everybody agrees with the decision. Reverend Micheal Woodcock, whose church is near the hotel, criticized the move.
“It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel,” he said.
What do you think? Is the swap offensive or just sort of fun?