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Should Miriam read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
By Kim Arveen Patria | Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom
Producers and distributors of the controversial book-turned-movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” are drumming up excitement in the Philippines, and the hype has piqued the interest of a prominent reader.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who is still on leave of absence after announcing that she is battling stage 4 lung cancer, turned to social media to ask whether she should read the book.
“Still unopened 50 Shades of Grey set in my library. Should I read these? What do you think?” the senator said on her official Facebook page, much to her followers’ amusement.
Her post came with a photo of the set of books authored by E.L. James, the first of which was published in 2011. The novels, which have erotic themes, received varying response from readers.
As for Santiago’s post, most of the commenters called the book “poorly written.” They were split, however, on whether the senator should read the book, citing varying reasons.
“Waste of time. But please do and tell us what you think,” Facebook user Sabrina Sanchez said in her comment. Danny Ching agreed, adding, “Move on to ridding the country of criminals. Pagaling kayo.”
“Set it on fire, bury the ash, have it blessed,’ Faith Engracia commented. Facebook user Norman Sison, for his part, said, “Read the Bible instead, Senator. Praying for you. God bless you.”
Other commenters were political. “Just read it and run for president in 2016,” Adrian Solis quipped. Ariel Nievera said, “Give it to Seksi, Pogi at Tanda so they have something to read in prison.”
Readers like Ronnie Gicana, however, urged the senator to find deeper meaning in the novels, saying it can be seen as a “psychological exercise about women used as an object of desire.”
“This is a very good subject of discussion on how far women can be used without the feeling of being abused bordering mania,” Ronnie Gicana said in a comment on the senator’s Facebook post.
Other readers also warned against dismissing any form of literature as “low.” “Reading is never a waste of time! Read it! Give us your intellectual review then…” Rizalina Rendon Ventic said.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” has been adapted into movies. Earlier this month, rumors swirled that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has banned the film in the country.
MTRCB Chair Toto Villareal has however denied the reports, saying his agency has yet to review the film. “Neither has the MTRCB received any trailer material for review,” he told Yahoo Philippines.
We truly love Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago
And oh by the way, hubby and I are excited to watch 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie. :-)