DENISE Robertson is backing calls to bin erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
As revealed in yesterday’s Echo, the Wearside Women in Need (WWIN) refuge is urging people to take copies of Britain’s fastest-selling novel to their collection bins – so they can be burned on an alternative Bonfire Night.
Clare Phillipson, the charity’s director, branded the Fifty Shades trilogy “disgusting”.
She added: “It normalises abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence.”
Now Wearside-born TV agony aunt Denise has backed Clare’s stance against Fifty Shades, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
She told the Echo: “I’m not surprised by the book’s success, but I just feel it’s terribly sad that people’s lives are so empty they’ve taken to going to buy a book that’s designed for titilation. I’m absolutely with Clare in getting people not buy the book.
“Unfortunately, the more we talk about it, the more people will want to buy it probably.”
She added: “It’s a horrible book.
“I wish it had never been written.
“It’s making S&M seem cool and dressing it up in frilly clothes, making it seem nice when it isn’t.
“If Clare believes it is doing harm, then absolutely we should campaign against it.”
Publisher Random House said the sex scenes in the book are entirely consensual and the woman involved is a willing participant.
Copies can be binned at WWIN’s office in Front Street, Concord.