New Delhi, August 6: The title "Fifty Shades of Grey" trended on Twitter after Congress MP Manish Tewari on Tuesday mentioned the erotic novel in Lok Sabha during a debate on revoking the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Manish Tewari's reference to the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book evoked funny reactions from Twitterati who took it out of the context.
During the debate, soon after Tewari concluded his speech, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asked him to clarify whether the Congress party is against or in support of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Tewari responded: "There is an English book. Everything is not black and white. There are fifty shades of grey in between." The reference caused quite a stir on social media. Jammu And Kashmir Loses Special Status Under Article 370, Becomes Union Territory.
Many on Twitter assumed that the Congress leader was making some kind of parallel between Jammu and Kashmir and the movie based on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" novel. Smita Prakash, editor of news agency ANI, then tweeted about the incident and remarked that people should Google "Fifty Shades Of Grey" to get a better idea of what they were talking about. Jammu and Kashmir Loses Privileges Under Article 370, Article 35A: What Does it Mean For Kashmiris and Other Indians?
Tweets on Manish Tewari's 'Fifty Shades of Grey' reference:
Congress.. Please have some sensible speakers in parliament Fifty shades of grey.. You just shot on your foot with such examples and responses.🤷♂️
— రవి శంకర్ చాగంటి (@Chaganty) August 6, 2019
कांग्रेस के मनीष तिवारी संसद मे नोवेल Fifty Shades of Grey की बात करते है. कितने कूल नेता है कांग्रेस मे, BJP मे तो केवल भक्त है.
— RAJDEEP PANDEY (@errajpandey) August 6, 2019
Manish Tiwari, Congress says "Not every issue is black and white, there is a book that says 50 shades of grey." Hehe! He says this in reply to Home Minister over Article 370 revocation. (google 50 shades of grey pleej)
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) August 6, 2019
मैंने भी यही कहा हाउस में 🤦♀️
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 6, 2019
Reacting to Tewari's remarks and Prakash' subsequent tweet, Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted: "Maine bhi yahi kaha house mein (that's what I said too)," she wrote, ending her tweet with a 'facepalm' emoji. "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is the title of a popular series of erotic novels by E L James that was later adapted into a movie trilogy.