The controversial author of Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, opened herself up to a world of abuse when she agreed to do a Twitter Q&A and take questions from strangers on the internet. The attempt to connect with her fans backfired horribly. Famous for depicting sexual abuse and domestic violence in her novel Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James was faced with dozens of scathing and sarcastic tweets, calling her out for the obvious problems in Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to BuzzFeed, E.L. James opened the floodgates on Monday and asked for questions using the hashtag #AskELJames. Here are a few of the hilariously vicious “questions” she got in response regarding the content in Fifty Shades of Grey.
#AskELJames Is there a safe word we can use to get you to stop writing such drivel?
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) June 29, 2015
Not all of the Twitter questions were a direct attack on E.L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey. As Us Magazine shows, a few seemed to be honest attempts to get real answers from E.L. James about her motivations when writing the books.
#AskELJames Do you know what consent means? What about abuse? Very important questions, please answer. — Sabrina Coghlan (@SxbiCat) June 29, 2015
E.L. James didn’t respond to a single negative question about Fifty Shades of Grey and did her best to honestly answer the few friendly questions she got. The most James did to acknowledge the tidal wave of attacks was politely call the experience “interesting.”
Off to meet the competition winners, now. Thanks so much for an interesting hour… 😀 — E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
However, according to one Twitter user, E.L. James was actively blocking users who criticized Fifty Shades of Grey. Worst of all, that particular Twitter user admitted to being a victim of abuse and suggested the author donate to a charity to help her reputation. In response, James apparently ignored her.
#AskELJames Seriously, why did you ignore then block me when I told you I was a survivor & suggested you maybe donate to an abuse charity?
— Emma Tofi (@EmmaTofi) June 29, 2015
What do you think about the Twitter Q&A? Did the author get what she deserved? Or do you feel bad for her?
For more on Fifty Shades of Grey, read about the surprising actor who almost played the role of Christian Grey.
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