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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Book-Burning: #1 Story of 2012

Both the book and the idea of book-burning were hot topics.

Combine sex, a shock jock and some lighter fluid, and you've got controversy.

WMMS radio host Alan Cox hosted a book-burning party for the best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, at Panini's in Westlake. That event, and the resulting furor over the idea of a book-burning, made this the most popular story on Westlake Patch in 2012.

More than 100 fans showed up for the event. Panini's is a regular host of Cox's weekly post-show parties.

The novel, and its two sequels, were both criticized and loved for its graphic, intense portrayal of sex, dominance and submission, bondage and sado-masochism.

Cox said that his listeners were part of a backlash against the series, saying that both men and women who called into his show hated the books.

Paul Grimm January 01, 2013 at 01:55 PM
WMMS is a Clear Channel radio station. It's funny that Clear Channel would encourage an act of censorship like a book burning after defending Rush Limbaugh's right to call college students 'sluts'.
Amanda. January 02, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Do these,people have nothing else in their lives to worry about !!!!! If this is so " pick something that will help reduce your carbon footprint " ,or save lives, buring a book or 2 sad.

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