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Jul 26

Gwen Sebastian Responds to 50 Shades of Grey Hotel Controversy

Gwen Sebastian photo courtesy of Susan Niles Public Relations.

Gwen Sebastian is making a stand against hotel owner Jonathan Denby, who made international headlines after replacing the Bibles in the Damson Dene Hotel (located in England’s Lake District) with copies of 50 Shades of Grey. “Tonight millions of women will be curling up in bed with a good book and you can bet your life it won’t be the Bible,” he wrote on his blog. “More likely than not it will be Fifty Shades of Grey.

In response, Gwen — a former contestant on The Voice who is now touring with Blake Shelton — and her record label, Flying Island Entertainment,  shipped copies of Gwen’s single, “Met Him in a Motel Room,” to the hotel in the United Kingdom. The song is the story of a woman who decides against suicide when she finds the Bible in the drawer of a motel room nightstand.

“I’ve read and really liked ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ but I don’t understand why he would replace the all-time bestseller with a popular bestseller,” Gwen said.

Denby’s decision to remove the Bible has been met with controversy, much of which is coming from the United States. “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,” he said to USA Today. He says he hasn’t completely gotten rid of the Bible, however. Guests can still check out a copy from the front desk.


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