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E.L. James event backfires when 'Grey' critics air grievances using #AskELJames

E.L. James event backfires when 'Grey' critics air grievances using #AskELJames
E.L. James' signs copies of "Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian" in New York on June 18. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

E.L. James was thrown a curve ball on Monday when critics of her "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotica series crashed her social media event, using the hashtag #AskELJames to challenge the author for writing books they allege perpetuate rape culture and sanction domestic violence.

The social media event was planned after the release of "Grey," a follow-up to her novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" that retells the story from Christian Grey's point of view.

A sampling of the backlash:

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