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McMahan defends library on 'Fifty Shades' ban

No "smut" will be provided courtesy of Harford County taxpayers, County Councilman Jim McMahan declared Tuesday.

Speaking at the council's first legislative session since the controversy broke last week, McMahan defended the Harford County Public Library's decision not to buy and circulate the sexually explicit "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy.

The Bel Air Republican said he is glad some people recognize erotica and "smut," and pointed out that the book's publisher, not the library system, labeled it as "erotica."

He applauded the library board and director for not wasting his taxpayer dollars buying that kind of material.

If people want to read "Fifty Shades," they can buy it, McMahan said, but "we the taxpayers of Harford County are not required to buy it for you, either."

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