Senate Candidates Asked If They’ve Read 50 Shades Of Grey During Debate

On Wednesday night, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger Wendy Long shared the stage for their first and only debate in New York’s Senate race. During the debate, the candidates tackled the usual suspects of jobs and the economy — but during the “lightning round,” things took a lighter turn.

“Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?” asked moderator Liz Benjamin (host of debate sponsor Capital Tonight), during the round in which candidates are supposed to give a yes-or-no answer. Both candidates said, no, they had not read the popular erotic novel (which is the first in a series).

Chiming in, Benjamin added, “Me neither, for the record.”

Laughs all around.

Other lightning round questions included, “Do you write your own tweets?”

The 50 Shades question, however, is the one that’s caught attention — with some deeming it entirely irrelevant and/or sexist, and others arguing it’s simply lighthearted and fun.

So, what say you? Is it inappropriate, or a harmless moment of levity?

Video of the remark below, via CNN’s Starting Point:

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