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Twitter users throw lots of shade at ‘Grey’ author E L James

A Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo of E L James posing for photographers at the UK Premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey, at a central London cinema.
A Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo of E L James posing for photographers at the UK Premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey, at a central London cinema. Associated Press

Well, that didn’t go well, did it? “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E L James participated in a live Twitter Q&A on Monday afternoon and her critics came out in droves.

They overtook the #AskELJames hashtag, accusing the British author of all kinds of sins against humanity and literature.

Asked one person: What do you dislike more, independent strong women or the English language?

Go ahead and say it, because lots of people have: She should have had a safe word ready.

Here’s a sampling of the prevailing sentiment.

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