Book-Burning By Radio Show Host Alan Cox Draws Crowd

"Fifty Shades of Grey" reduced to ashes by WMMS host. Take our poll and tell us what you think.

OUTSIDE CLEVELAND, OH -- Fifty Shades of Grey was fifty shades of charred Wednesday night as a popular local radio host held a book-burning party for the best-selling novel.

More than 100 fans showed up to  in Westlake to watch WMMS show hosts Alan Cox and Chad Zumock set fire to the books, which were brought by fans who had read the erotic novel and didn't like it.

One woman even brought her Nook to be destroyed. Cox first tried to smash it on the side of the grill on Panini's patio, then gave up and tossed it in the fire.

Check out the video for Cox's take on the night, and why he did it.

Brian Hamblen, general manager of the Westlake Panini's, said the weekly post-show parties for the Alan Cox Show always bring a good crowd, but he was surprised by how many came out for the event.

"This is our first book-burning, so I wasn't sure how people would take it," he said.

An empty grill for the book-burning was set up in the sand of Panini's new beach volleyball courts, which will open in August. Leagues are being formed at Hermes Sports Cleveland, Hamblen said.

One of the common complaints from male listeners, said Zumock, is that women get so obsessed with the books in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that they're neglecting their men.

The books, by British author E.L. James, had their defenders in the crowd. Molly Dalton of Westlake used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

She and her sister, Amy, of Avon, are both fans of the trilogy. Their seventysomething mom and their aunts are also into the books, they added.

"Guys don't understand what it's about," Molly said. "For years, they had catalogs, and Playboy. This is something for us women."

Amy said she connected with the character Anastasia Steele.

"She's so young and naive, and she's thrown into this new world that freaks her out," Amy said. "And she finds herself enjoying it, loving it."

Andrew Polcyn July 20, 2012 at 09:50 AM
When I saw who was behind this, let me just say, it didn't surprise me. The Alan Cox show is nothing more than a blatant wannabe Opie and Anthony. And for the criticism that 50 Shades has been given, I think I'll rent it in the near future.
I.M. Wright July 20, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Book burning? So, they're relegating to getting show material from "Footloose", eh? The only thing missing was John Lithgow running up and telling them to stop.
Fluffoo July 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Being in California, I've never heard of Alan Cox but any radio person that would resort to book burning must be some sort of idiot. I wonder if he's even read the book? I think many non-readers automatically think it's all about S/M and while there's some of that in the book, the majority of it is just hot sex (or maybe it's just my lack of, but I thought even the "vanilla" stuff was pretty damn good). I've been single and cellibate for almost two years and with my past male relationships unable to communicate their thoughts and desires, to have Mr Grey able to admit he has no clues as to what he's emotionally ready for...well, that was my porn.
TM July 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The books are not meant to be serious fiction. It's a good, light, mindless summer read. I enjoyed all 3 of the books. For years mn have been reading the "articles" in Playboy, Hustler, and OUI magazine and nobody said boo about it. Now women have something they can read for some mindless entertainment and the books have to be burned!?! Give me a break! Are our men in todays society that fearful? Really???
jen Melo July 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Jen I was in a relationship simular to this book and its degrading. To know that women nation wide have fallen in love with it makes me feel uneasy and I have to agree with Susan in that it is unhealthy and controlling. To be in love with a Narcassist is truely living in a abusive relationship because it all has to do with being in control and having power over you. And as for what Mike said about the fictional characternot wanting to leaving the relationship, may I just remind him that this is a "fictional" book and if we all could see the true outcome of a relationship like this we wouldn't be praising this book. A person like this will win you over with his charm and attention but once he has you in his "power" he can destroy who you are and you will depend on him for everything. The abuse goes hand in hand and to get out of a relationship like this can become extremely difficult because the love you have for that person you are always hoping and praying that they will change someday! This is not a true love story in reality. Its disfunctional


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