When British mom E.J. James sat down to pen her steamy "Twilight" fan fiction, she had no idea that her tales would become so controversial. Of course James' musings ended up as the hugely successful "50 Shades Of Grey." The book dubbed as "mommy porn" has been described as everything from scandalous to inspiring.
The New York Times bestselling author will be sitting down with the ladies on "The View" this coming Friday. The controversy surrounding the "50 Shades" trilogy stems from the erotic storyline. The book is about a young woman who willingly becomes sex slave to an older man.
The Hot Topics table was abuzz as the ladies weighed in regarding a recent report that a Florida librarian had banned the book. The same library also carries copies of the equally racy "Kama Sutra," "Tropic of Cancer," and "Lolita." These books have history with being banned or forbidden, as well. One librarian's reasoning is that she will continue to carry those books as they are considered to be literary classics.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg rightfully took issue with the fact that these are public libraries that are banning the book. She said the librarians are "obligated" to have a book that is requested by the local citizens. Barbara Walters insisted that "censorship of any kind is wrong." Of course Joy weighed in with one of her quips, "What are all of those horny octogenarians in Florida going to do now?"
Let's not forget that it was adults trying to get their hands on an adult book. As Ms. Behar pointed out, "don't read it if it's too hot for you." Barbara insisted that the library is only making more people want to buy the book. In other words, they're just giving E.L. James free publicity.
In the well-rounded spirit of Hot Topics at "The View" the morning's discussion also included a segment about being too fat to fly. Apparently a passenger is suing Southwest airlines for twice insisting that she needed to buy an extra ticket. Hopefully everyone can get to wherever they're going before the airlines enforces Elisabeth Hasselbeck's proposition that they have a scale to weigh folks before boarding the plane.
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