Twitter users eviscerate ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author E.L. James in Q&A

Dylan Stableford
Twitter users eviscerate ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author E.L. James in Q&A

Let's say you’re an author, you write a best-selling erotica novel that’s turned into a hit movie grossing more than $500 million worldwide and your publisher asks you to participate in an online chat where Twitter users are invited to ask you questions using a designated hashtag. Sounds good, right?

Well, it wasn’t for E.L. James on Monday, when Twitter users crashed the “Fifty Shades of Grey” author’s social media event celebrating the release of “Grey,” co-opting the #AskELJames hashtag with messages criticizing the author for a series they say romanticizes abuse and glorifies rape culture.

And as the tweets below show, things got ugly rather quickly.



It’s unclear how many of the negative tweets the author saw, if any.

James, who conducted the Q&A from Twitter’s U.K. headquarters, did not answer any questions about the books purported perpetuation of rape culture — sticking mainly to fluffy questions from fans instead.



James, though, may have the last laugh. According to the Guardian, she's now worth at least $58 million from sales related to the the bondage trilogy.