Bret Easton Ellis is ‘sad’ his offensive tweets got him banned from GLAAD awards

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis was once known as a brilliant writer who possessed a deliciously biting satiric wit and penned fabulous (if ultimately disturbing) novels such as Less Than Zero and American Psycho that were adapted into iconic films. These days, Bret is best known for getting sh-tfaced drunk and launching into (sometimes) offensive Twitter tirades that, by his own admission, have the end result of creating fallout that transforms him into a couch-bound depressive. Well, he still does other stuff too like pen the screenplay for The Canyons, which starred Lindsay Lohan — enough said.

One wonders exactly why Bret continues to engage within drunken Twitter trainwrecks of the solo variety. Most recently, he was called out for his sexists tweets about director Kathryn Bigelow, whom he insistedwould be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.” Bret followed up with “if The Hurt Locker” had been directed by a man it would not have won the Oscar for best director.” He later admitted to being drunk and sort of apologized by way of pointing out that he’s a gay male and therefore a member of a persecuted class, so this should have a huge impact on how we interpret his still-sexist words.

Now Bret has gone and offended the gay community through a series of tweets that span the past few years. One such example (and I’ll list more at the bottom of this post) occurred in April 2011 wherein he stated that watching “Glee” is like “stepping into a puddle of HIV.” While Bret’s words in the above instance are so forthright and politically incorrect that they’re almost amusing, GLAAD was decidedly not impressed by what they perceived as a “callous” public stance on the LGBT community. So they disinvited (or rather, banned) Bret from the GLAAD Media Awards, and of course Bret expressed his displeasure on Twitter. In response to the ban, he tweeted, “As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married, I’m sad to hear I’ve been banned by GLAAD from attending tomorrow’s event. GLAAD is supposedly ‘furious’ about my tweets. And I’m guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or how sexy I think Adam Driver is.

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret further alleged that he was specifically warned not to tweet his feelings on the ban: “After GLAAD banned me they told the friend who was bringing me to the event to WARN ‘Bret not to go public or TWEET about this decision.‘”

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret then went on to state his disgust at GLAAD’s choice of Bill Clinton as winner of the Advocate for Change Award by pointing out that Clinton signed DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell while also cheating on Hillary (not sure what that last one has to do with gay people, but whatever).

Bret Easton Ellis

Naturally, Bret’s tweets put the media on bemused alert, and GLAAD defended its decision with the following rationale:

GLAAD’s Vice President of Communications Rich Ferraro told EW, “Given the crude remarks [Bret's] made about the gay community and people living with HIV/AIDS, this publicity stunt is not surprising.”

The organization revealed that it has attempted to rectify its issues with him and his insensitive comments previously, but he has failed to respond to its requests. “GLAAD spoke with the guest who was planning to bring Bret about his recent remarks, which the gay community responded negatively to. We also asked for a time to sit down with Bret and planned to invite other leaders in the gay community as well as the HIV/AIDS community,” Ferraro said. “The guest replaced Bret at the fundraiser and there has been no response from Bret regarding the meeting. It is a shame and disservice to the gay community that Bret appears to be trying to overshadow the high-profile allies, including Betty White, Chris Evans, Kelly Rowland and so many others who used the event to show their support for LGBT people and advocated for equality in the Boy Scouts, marriage and across the country.”

[From Popwatch]

Among the tweets that offended GLAAD enough to ban Bret from attending the ceremony were an August 2012 tweet where he declared Matt Bomer to be a terrible choice for 50 Shades of Grey: “Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game.

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret has also stated that “The New Normal” (which was honored by GLAAD) is “a gay minstrel show” that features Andrew Ranell, who “makes Sean Hayes in Will & Grace seem like Jason Statham in just about anything.” Damn, dude.

Bret Easton Ellis

What are we to make of all of this? Bret Easton Ellis obviously fancies himself a drunken artisan of politically incorrect tweets, which is fine. However, Bret doesn’t realize that GLAAD has the right to be offended at whatever remarks it chooses to be offended by, and just because Bret is gay, that doesn’t mean that GLAAD will necessarily embrace him as a representative of their causes. Like, the dude really thinks that being gay means he can say whatever he wants without repercussion, and he doesn’t realize that while he’s free to express his opinions, not everyone has to embrace them as a stellar example of humanity, gay or otherwise.

Bret Easton Ellis

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Urgh. I stopped following him because it was like listening to a ranting drunk.

    I personally always thought Americam Psycho was an overrated piece of garbage, anyway.

  2. dahlianoir says:

    Social medias did really show celebrities true colors…

  3. Izzy says:

    Dear Mr. Ellis:

    Fermez la douche.

  4. Lola B says:

    Bret might be crass but I’m on his side anyways. His comments, while not PC, are usually right on IMO. He’s an eccentric writer. Why expect anything other than an outspoken opinion?

  5. Ms.Smurf says:

    Hmm, didn’t know he was gay, so now I’ll have to revise my first thought on the first picture of him.

    Before: Creepy, skuzzy, greasy, old man who thinks he’s Brad Pitt-only more handsome, who always stares inappropriately at the underage teenage girls

    After: Creepy, skuzzy, greasy, old man who thinks he’s Brad Pitt- only more handsome, who always stares inappropriately at the underage teenage boys

    He is really offensive, and just like if there was a loud, offensive black person around my immediate vicinity, I would feel so embarrassed until I got out of there.

    I wonder if his boyfriend’s doing what Harvey Weinstein’s wife is doing?

  6. CandyKay says:

    Not a fan of Bret Easton Ellis – I think even his early books are extremely thin and facile – but GLAAD is out of line in trying to enforce a monolithic “gay” way of thinking.

    Fine enough that they didn’t want to invite him to their party, however.

    • Iggles says:

      Agreed. In real life, there are tons of gay people who say the same un-PC jokes. The gay community is diverse! This thought police stuff is ridiculous.

      Now if Bret was heterosexual white male who actually discriminates against gay people and people with HIV in real life his words WOULD be a big deal in my opinion. But “in group” people can make light of their community. They’re not outsiders who actively oppress or intimidate said community with words!

    • yoyo says:

      Exactly. Bret is right in being offended by the characterization on gay people on television. Most of them are trite caricatures that do not represent the average working man or woman who happens to be gay. GLAAD is turning into a bully, it’s the “if you disagree with us you are homophobic!” card. It usually works with straight folks who are then made to grovel in a public apology.
      It’s the equivalent of the racist card other organizations might use willy-nilly. There is no dialogue with those types of organizations who claim to represent the masses. But now they are embarassed because he is gay but apparently he’s not entitled to an opinion. Ha! Hope he gets support from other gay folks. It’s like black on black crime now we have gay on gay bullying! What the hell!

  7. Aud says:

    He is so frustrated because he has hit the creative wall and that wall is impossible to climb over.
    His recent books are ridiculous solipsistic romps to oblivion and, frankly, there are thousands of writers who are more interesting.

  8. Lola says:

    He is a douchebag!! The only thing i agree with him about is the sexiness of Adam Driver. When is celebitchy gonna wake up to Adam??? You always cover the same men i.e Fassy, hiddleston, pattison, cumerbatch. Occasionaly we get some tom hardy which is always a breath of fresh air. Its getting a bit boring and same old same old.

  9. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    Who is this tool?

  10. Quinn says:

    You know, if I started drunkenly screaming on Twitter about how women should stop complaining about pay gaps and reproductive rights, I would probably understand if I didn’t get, like, an invite to the EMILY’s List Inauguration Brunch. It’s not kindergarten, GLAAD’s not required to invite every single kid to its birthday party just because they’re in the same class…

    • VanillaDeeLite says:

      Right because, like, Ellis has hurt the entire community by tweeting, instead of like Clinton who hurt the community by actual policy. It makes o much sense.

      • lee says:

        I in no way want to defend DOMA or DADT, especially as an LGBT person myself and especially as one who was a child when those bills were signed, but I also think it’s important to be aware of historical context.

        DADT especially was initially a tool (at the time) to allow gay service members to remain in the miltary, albeit at a huge cost (remaining closeted). It has absolutely NO PLACE in our current society, and I am SO GLAD it was finally struck down (all too late at that), but the reality was that, up until the early 90s, LGBT people could be hunted down and kicked out based on nothing more than suspicion. It is massively unappealing to think of it as a better option today, but back then it was a TINY step in the right direction, even if it was also used to dishonorably discharge many many many great Americans through gay witch-hunts in the end. But I don’t think it’s signing is a particularly valid reason to claim Clinton was anti-gay, and his advocacy in the years since has shown that he is an ally to the LGBT community.

        Although I can’t and don’t want to defend DOMA, even in historical context, so I will give you that…

        as for Ellis, he’s a bitter douche. There are plenty of those in every demographic. C’est la vie.

  11. JanMa says:

    I do agree with BEE’s comment about Bill Clinton. The fact that Clinton signed DOMA undoubtedly was more harmful to the gay community than BEE’s silly little tweets, no? I can’t imagine anyone is really taking BEE’s drunken utterances seriously, whereas the Defense of Marriage Act seems to have caused a lot of pain and frustration to many people. But it’s all considered ok by GLAAD because Clinton has now changed his mind when it is safe for him to do so, when popular opinion will support him and when it requires no political bravery on his part to say he now supports gay marriage. He would been a real “Advocate for Change” worthy of respect and accolades if he had said all this back in 1996. As it is, I am sure many people deserved the award more than he did this year.

  12. W says:

    Wow. I thought the “Gay mafia” was a myth….sheeeesh.

  13. Audrey says:

    Obnoxious prick

    But I wondered the same about honoring Bill Clinton :/

  14. VanillaDeeLite says:

    The worst part about this is that GLAAD was honoring Bill Clinton. Who was responsible for DADT. Hypocrites. Never again aupporting GLAAD.

  15. Glaughy says:

    Less Than Zero is one of my favorite books to be honest. Mmm, minimalism.

  16. Bread and Circuses says:

    “Oh, I couldn’t possibly be a bigoted jerk because I’m gay and that magically makes me immune to being a bigot. So I can spout off whatever douche-nozzle thing I want and then claim persecution when someone calls me out on it.”

    How ironic a writer would fail to comprehend that words carry baggage, and if you drop the wrong ones on someone’s toe, that can really hurt.

    Also, that person might get rather angry at you for such clumsy disregard.

  17. Emily says:

    A rich white Hollywood dude… who happens to be gay, and therefore thinks he can say anything he wants about anything. Yeah, try living in the real world for a time, Bret.

    You can be a poor black disabled lesbian and you’re still an asshole when you say assholish things. A wealthy, physically healthy, gay white man living in a society (Hollywood) where being gay is a pedigree, if anything, especially for someone working behind the scenes? Sit DOWN.

    • Hakura says:

      In this country, he can say anything he wants about anything. The problem with him is that he does so, then is shocked that he’s getting negative reactions from the community of people he’s being a jerk about, even being part of it himself.

      (LOL@ ‘assholish‘, I love it xD!)

      • VanillaDeeLite says:

        No what he is shocked about it GLAAD’s hypocracy of banning him from an event honoring BILL CLINTON. And then telling him to keep quiet about the fact they banned him. What don’t people understand about this?

      • Hakura says:

        I agree that their choosing BILL CLINTON to honor was an embarrassingly shameful choice. I’m sure after that huge mistake, they were trying to keep the banning as quiet as possible.

        I don’t think he should have been banned, & that they should have contacted him & asked that he not make any such statements while attending the event.

        I do agree with you, but still stand that he acts like he’s surprised when so many find his comments seriously offensive.

  18. Kristine says:

    I actually laughed at most of these tweets. The Glee quote was the best. I guess I’m a snarky alcoholic gay man deep inside.

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  20. Hakura says:

    I think a lot of the issue with the reactions to his comments (from the gay community) is that he’s making (snarky) comments that insult/or support negative stereotypes. Honestly, I don’t believe he even means most of it, & is trying to be a smartass to get attention.

    But I can understand the gay community’s negative reactions. So many are still subjected to discrimination & ignorant stereotypes in their daily lives, so seeing someone joke about it probably rubs a lot of people the wrong way. (Then to find out he’s gay himself, probably makes it hard to understand his position in the first place).

    (& the Bill Clinton thing… really can’t understand why he won that award. Like, seriously.)

  21. skeptical says:

    Back when DADT was signed.. it was actually an IMPROVEMENT over what gays in the military had been experiencing. Women in particular could get “investigated” at any moment because of the slightest suspicion of lesbianism!
    Keep these things in context!