With the hashtag #AskELJames, a can of worms was opened on the Internet.
It's hard for me to personally to get worked up about E.L. James and her mega-success with a book about a creepy psycho stalker who is taught true love by a pure and lovely virgin. Okay, I have SOMETHING of an opinion. But my real problem has always been with Stephenie Meyer, who started the whole controlling man threatens/"loves" innocent girl thing with the Twilight series, and taught a generation of young girls that it's great if their relationship is like Bella and Edward's. Young girls: No. No, that's not what healthy, loving relationships look like.
E.L. James just took Twilight and eroticized it in a way that touched some nerve in the horny mom community. For some people, the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey is truly threatening. It's not a joke, it's a story that promotes domestic abuse rather than consensual BDSM community standards. Whatever side you fall on, your opinion was probably expressed at some point in this epic twitter sh*tstorm.
#AskELJames after the success of "Grey," have you considered re-telling the story from the perspective of someone who can write— Andrew Vestal (@avestal) June 29, 2015
LOL. Yowza, that's gotta hurt. Again, does she deserve this public flaying? I don't necessarily think so, but man, some of these burns were very enjoyable. And very true.
#AskELJames I need advice on making a BIG romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Is it only ok for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he's hot, or is it also ok because he's rich?— 50 Shades is abuse (@50shadesabuse) June 29, 2015
How on earth did Ana manage to graduate from university in the 21st century without an email address or a laptop? #AskELJames— Marianne Hassle (@tinyorc) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Can you confirm that you will be writing the story of Ramsay Bolton from his perspective, showing he is just misunderstood?— Ros (@GameOverRos) June 29, 2015
Did you see the abusive relationship of Bella and Edward and think "hmm needs more abuse" #AskELJames— R_chelCh_rlt_nD_iley (@RachelCDailey) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames Do all these negative tweets sent to you seem abusive to you? I think it's romantic enough to be turned into a novel!— Stephan Krosecz (@Krosecz) June 29, 2015
Whoever planned out the #AskELJames tag has obviously never, ever met Twitter.— Summer Heacock (@Fizzygrrl) June 29, 2015
#AskELJames if E.L.James asks for these tweets to stop, does that mean she really wants them to continue?— Johnny Quid. (@Steelnicks) June 30, 2015
Obviously, lots of people enjoy 50 Shades of Grey. I watched the first movie and got a kick out of it, in a "WTF am I looking at" way. Cooler heads began to speak in her defense... kind of.
Just a reminder to stick to shaming the author, not the fans. #AskELJames— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) June 29, 2015
Can't believe the Twitter mob turned on someone who made $200million on basically a 105,000-word sext. We ate our own today... #AskELJames— Dan Ewen (@VaguelyFunnyDan) June 30, 2015
Whether you think this PR fiasco was Internet bullying or Internet justice (or actually a clever way to get in the news?), remember, at the end of the day, E.L. James has enough money to fill an Olympic swimming pool with gold coins and swim in it like Scrooge McDuck.