The Tripe Marketing Board has moved swiftly to clarify its relationship with the recently-released film Fifty Shades of Grey, following extensive comments in the social media that appeared to link tripe with the movie.
Speaking at a meeting of the Longridge Women's Council this afternoon, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "I would like to make it clear that this film is nothing to do with us. Although I haven't seen it myself, I am told it includes scenes depicting adults engaging in M&S. This is not something we would ever condone, whether consenting or otherwise. We have never believed in forcing tripe down people's throats. That was an isolated incident and, anyway, was almost five years ago".
Sir Norman said the TMB was working hard to rebut comments on Twitter which described the film as 'tripe'. "We are doing our best to protect the image of our fine product and have drafted in a number of interns to respond to the deluge of 'tweets', but we simply haven't got the budget to counter them," he said.
Sir Norman said that public reaction to the film has been almost universally negative. He went on to say: "We can't stand idly by without properly challenging these negative associations. Our plans to promote tripe in 2015 could be seriously threatened by them."