Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty is at the receiving end of some really stinging criticism. No not for bad acting or something. It’s purely for ignorance, one that Twitter doesn’t forgive easily. A newspaper clip is doing the rounds on the Social Media in which Shetty lists out the books she believes should be included in the syllabus for well-rounded development of kids.

The interview followed the ICSE Board’s move to include pop culture characters like  Harry Potter, Tintin, Asterix in the syllabus.  So, the newspaper sought her opinion. Shetty is mother to a 4-year old son and perhaps that’s the reason why the newspaper (Mumbai Times) felt she could be a good person to talk to on the issue.

However, as bad luck would have it, her response makes us questions if she has read the books she mentions in her comment

Here’s what she says:

“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. I thinks 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.”

Ummm…it’s true that literature is open for interpretation. But if Animal Farm can teach us to love and care for Animals, then 1984 must be just a year in the calendar.

Animal Farm is a book written by George Orwell. It’s a dystopian novel published in 1945. The book is an allegory which opens with  animal characters fighting for a world free of “human oppression”. To be very clear, the film is anything but about animal love.

Twitter was at its sarcastic best while taking down Shilpa’s answer.