Christian Grey is damn near God-like — at least according to guests’ bedside tables in The Damson Dene Hotel. Bibles have been booted and E L James’ BDSM erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has taken their place in every room within the English inn. Damson Dene’s owner said providing a copy of the book to every guest within the 40-room hotel was “a hospitable thing to do.”
The owner is not just some 50 Shades superfan (although that may be true, too): he bought the hotel from a Methodist group 10 years ago and couldn’t decide what to do with all the Gideons Bibles that had been previously placed in the hotel rooms. In his opinion, it is “wholly inappropriate” to put a religious book in a person’s bedroom. (Apparently BDSM erotica in every person’s bedroom is just fine!)
Although the hotel front desk still provides Bibles for those in need of some Holy TLC, the replacement has caused much controversy, with people in the United States sending “quite a few e-mails quoting the scripture to [the hotel] and suggesting that it would be a good thing to put the Bible back.”
Still, the substitution has been praised by many guests of the hotel. Let’s hope the Damson Dene has good soundproofing. [MSNBC]
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