Well, this is awkward. E.L. James was supposed to be answering fan questions on Twitter using the tag #AskELJames, but instead she received thousands of tweets blasting her for copying Stephenie Meyer, glorifying abuse victims, and more. Click inside to SEE MORE!
E.L. James, 52, may want to find a new way to talk to her fans, because Twitter is definitely not it. What should have been a harmless question and answer session on the social media account quickly turned into a hilarious bashing session, and her #AskELJames tag trended for all of the wrong reasons.
Sorry, E.L. James, but you kind of brought this one upon yourself. When the “Fifty Shades of Grey” author, a story allegedly inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, tried to chat with her fans on social media to promote her latest book, all hell broke loose. Many users quickly jumped on the #AskELJames hashtag to ask the author why she feels the need to glorify abusive relationships, ignore abuse survivors who reach out to her, and make jokes about her using “Twilight” as inspiration. Yikes!
While some of the tweets to E.L. are actually quite hilarious, others are pretty eye-opening as they reveal how victims of sexual and physical abuse really feel about her work. Check out the tweets below, and be sure to let us know what YOU think about E.L. getting bashed in the comments.
Considering that Anastasia is based on a teen girl, and Christian is near 30, would you say pedophilia is key point of the plot? #AskELJames
— Cammien Ray (@CammienRay) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames why did you feel it was okay to romanize abusive relationships and teach kids that abuse is the norm?
— blige romanova (@THECAROLDANVERS) June 29, 2015
Which do you hate more, women or the English language? #AskELJames
— Ian Robinson (@eyeswideshut75) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames inquiring minds want to know; what next popular series will you shoehorn and rip off to amass more millions?
— Jake (@djbritnasty) June 29, 2015
#askELJames Did your subconscious ever ask you why… Just why? Or was it too busy telling you to block people with legit concerns?
— Jen (@MizzWorthy) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames how many synonyms for "penis" do you know and why did you use none of them.
— ne//ho (@senoresparza) June 29, 2015
My boss said no when I asked if I could kiss him and then I did anyway because no means yes right? Things at work are awkward. #AskELJames
— Anna (@thatswedishgirl) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Did you know Microsoft word had a grammar check as well as spell check? Or are you as clueless about tech as Anna?
— Rachel (@TinyDragons) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames When are we getting an apology for what you did to culture?
— Vic the Dick (@TheVictoriousV) June 29, 2015
How do you sleep st night knowing you've encouraged a whole generation of young girls to remain complacent in the face of abuse? #AskELJames
— Natalie (@hufflecas) June 29, 2015
A dildo nailed to a surfboard would have more sexual charisma than Christian Grey. Does this bother you? #AskELJames
— The Word Rabbit (@TheWordRabbit) June 29, 2015
i'm studying english literature, does this mean i can look forward to meeting a millionaire that gets off to rape and abuse? #AskELJames
— clo nsfr (@lourrysotra) June 29, 2015
When I told my partner I wasn't into certain sexual acts, he didn't pressure me to do them. Does that mean he doesn't like me? #AskELJames
— Ponta (@typicalfeminist) June 29, 2015
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think about the E.L. James Q&A gone wrong? Do you think she deserves to be slammed? Comment below with your thoughts!
— Lauren Cox