'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author E.L. James Really Didn't Like Comparisons Between Her Book and Donald Trump

Nick Schager
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Photo: Universal)
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (Photo: Universal)

Donald Trump is currently embroiled in (yet another) round of controversy thanks to a video recording leaked last week that shows him in 2005 speaking in the most vulgar terms imaginable about a woman — who turned out to be Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell — with her TV co-host Billy Bush. At the presidential debate on Sunday, the GOP candidate repeatedly dismissed the comments as mere “locker room talk.” Some of his defenders, however, went further, including right-wing syndicated radio host Joe Walsh, who on Saturday sent out the tweet below equating the Republican nominee’s misogynistic boasts with the language in E.L. James’ best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey:


That comparison quickly became a talking point for Republican cable-news pundit Scottie Nell Hughes, who repeated the (completely nonsensical) argument on CNN on Monday that fictions like Fifty Shades promoted the same sort of non-consensual sexual activity that Trump — a man running to become the most powerful individual in the world — bragged about on tape.

It’s no surprise then that one of the people most offended by this line of (anti-)reasoning was James herself, who struck back on Sunday with the following tweet:


As The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, many Twitter users quickly came to James’ defense while slamming Walsh’s argument, none better than the person below who mocked the right-wing commentator by highlighting the absurdity of claiming that a person’s fictional tastes and real-world behavior must perfectly align.


Whether Trump defenders can use James’ best-selling novels (and hit movie adaptation) as a means of mitigating the outrage  — a strategy that also includes somehow roping Beyoncé into this brouhaha — remains to be seen. Regardless of the former Apprentice host’s political fate however, the next James-based movie adaptation — the sequel Fifty Shades Darker, starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and Kim Basinger — arrives in theaters on February 10, 2017.