The Damson Dene Hotel in England caused a ruckus last weekend by announcing they were replacing The Bible with “50 Shades of Grey” in 40 of their hotel rooms.
The Damson Dene’s owner Jonathan Denby, who purchased the hotel 10 years ago from a methodist group, told NBC he found religious books a “wholly inappropriate” choice for private bedrooms in England’s modern, secular society. While his first instinct was to replace the Gideon bibles with copies of “Atlas Shrugged,” Denby decided to settle on “50 Shades of Grey,” the wildly popular, romance novel, known for its explicit sex scenes of bondage and sadomasochism.
Naturally, religious folks aren’t pleased. The local vicar publicly disapproves, but Denby insists most of the disapproval is from across the pond.
“People in the States feel much more strongly,” he said. “We’ve had quite a few e-mails quoting the scriptures to us and suggesting that it would be a good thing to put the Bible back.”
Neither “The Bible” not “Atlas Shrugged” have ever struck me as a vacation reads, so Denby’s choice makes sense, both as a gimmick and as a way to urge customers to enjoy their stay.