today has blessed us with the #AskELJames tag on twitter, and if you haven’t pursued this little tag, i urge you to do so, because the entire thing has been taken over by rightfully angry, critical (and pretty damn humorous) tweets calling out 50 shades of grey, and EL james for what they really are. though of course there are a few, who seem to have the “who cares, she’s still rich” mentality…which…yes. yes she is rich. she gets to join the ranks of nasty rich people who only got that way off the objectification of women, and good for her. she’s in great company up there. i’m sure she’ll have lots of friends.
see, i can accept that el james is richer than me and maybe always will be, but i can’t accept that this woman won’t (to my knowledge) address criticism of her books. this woman, who actually has to specify in her twitter bio that 50 shades of grey is a “LOVE story”–which, it’s not, by the way. (maybe james had the intention of it being one and was just too inadequate as a writer and a human being to execute it properly)–thinking she can continue to fool everybody with her garbage. i can’t accept mass media and pop culture depicting this book as a love story or even ~sexual liberation~ for women (i’m gonna vomit)
AND that’s why the #AskELJames tag is really important. because pop culture blogs and media and magazines aren’t publishing el james’ actual q&a held on her twitter, they’re talking about the tag, they’re talking about the backlash and the criticism, and if i can go to bed tonight knowing that maybe a few more people will acknowledge and see 50 shades for the nasty, rape-propagating, woman-hating garbage that it really is, then i’m gonna sleep pretty damn well tbh.