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Gwen Sebastian Sends ‘Motel’ to Hotel at Center of ’50 Shades of Grey’ Controversy

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Gwen Sebastian, who first captivated viewers (and her mentor, now touring partner Blake Shelton) while competing on “The Voice,” is among those protesting a British hotel’s decision to change the reading material available to its guests. But she’s using a song and some air-mail stamps to make her personal protest known.

After Gwen got wind (via a story in USA Today‘s travel section) that Jonathan Denby, owner of the Damson Dene Hotel in England’s tourist-heavy Lake District, had replaced the Gideon Bible with the wildly popular soft-porn bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey,” her record label, Flying Island Entertainment, dispatched copies of Gwen’s single, “Met Him in a Motel Room” to the hotel.

“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 notes of the dubious decision.

“Met Him in a Motel Room” tells the story of a desperate woman contemplating suicide and changing her mind when she discovers the Bible in the drawer of the motel room.

In a blog post explaining the switch, Denby wrote, “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. More likely than not it will be ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ I haven’t read the book yet — I’m not in the target audience — but I’m told it’s a ripping good yarn and everyone who’s in the target audience loves it. This made me wonder about the sense of providing a book, the Gideon Bible which no one reads, and many dislike, in the bedside cabinet of our hotel bedrooms, instead of a book which everyone wants to read, such as ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’”

The decision has already been met with criticism, much of it coming from the U.S.

“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,” notes Denby.

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