After being hilariously trolled on Twitter for saying George Orwell’s Animal Farm could teach children to ‘love and care for animals, actress Shilpa Shetty has admitted she has never read the book in question. The 41-year-old actress was ridiculed online all of Monday after someone posted a news item in which it was revealed that she thinks Animal Farm is children’s fiction. The article, which appeared in a daily, quotes Shilpa as advocating that certain books be taught in schools. She listed the allegorical Animal Farm, thought to be a critique of Stalinism, with the Harry Potter books (newly included in the ICSE syllabus), the Lord of the Rings series and Little Women. “A book like Animal Farm can teach the little ones to love and care for animals,” Shilpa, who has a four-year-old son, is quoted as saying. Animal Farm features a pig named Napoleon who ousts a rival pig and then hunts down and kills other animals he suspects of having conspired against him. God knows Napoleon’s terrorized fellow animals could do with some love and care because there’s precious little of it in in the dystopian world Orwell created.
In tweets, Shilpa confessed on Monday evening that she had read neither Orwell nor Tolkien nor even Rowling and dismissed the article as ‘some misunderstanding.’