Thousands of Twitter Users Flock to Ask EL James Why She Romanticizes Abuse

Last night, Twitter filled with complaints about EL James, the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, through the hashtag #AskELJames. The hashtag Q&A was started by James’ PR team with the hope of connecting her with her fans. But that plan quickly backfired.

While some people had grievances with James’ writing ability, and others with her mimicry of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, the majority of questions were about the abuse and sexual violence she glamorizes in her books.

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While the Twitter storm was likely an unpleasant turn of events for the EL James PR team, it has revealed that thousands upon thousands of discerning readers are recognizing the harmful paradigm that Fifty Shades glorifies.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been a part of the multi-faceted movement to expose the relationship in Fifty Shades for the abuse it really is, and you can learn more about our efforts at

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