Well. We find ourselves once again faced with Bret Easton Ellis having a conniption fit on social media, this time about being snubbed by the GLAAD Awards. No, Ellis wasn’t up for an award — according to his ululating Twitter account, he was told, we imagine politely, that he would not be welcome at the Hollywood event.
Since watching Lindsay Lohan single-handedly destroy his latest film project (The Canyons), Ellis has been coasting on the waterslide to cultural irrelevance. The writer who long-ago gave us the incisively repetitive critique of American capitalism and decadence, American Psycho, is currently making his cultural presence felt by screeching at his Twitter followers that he was banned from a friendly Hollywood award ceremony and subsequently warned not to tweet about it. On Saturday, Ellis sent out this petulant missive telling the world of the great injustice done to his ego:
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 (@BretEastonEllis) April 20, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter took a wild guess that Ellis being banned from the GLAAD Awards may have had something to do with, oh, those many, many times he has taken to Twitter to spread really unhelpful messages about how Matt Bomer being gay somehow diminishes his credibility if he were to play Christian Grey in a Fifty Shades adaptation, or comparing watching Glee to “stepping in a puddle of HIV.” Sweet joke, Bret. Everyone was in stitches, really.
GLAAD communications president Rich Ferraro was more than willing to provide a rationale for uninviting Ellis from the awards:
GLAAD spoke with the guest who was planning to bring Bret about some of Bret's recent remarks, which the gay community responded negatively to. We also asked for a time to sit down with Bret. They decided to replace Bret with a different guest and there has been no response to the offer of a meeting. We hope his tweets don't overshadow the high-profile allies and everyday LGBT people who will be onstage tonight advocating for equality in the Boy Scouts, marriage and across the country.
The awards went off without a hitch and nobody paid much attention to Ellis, whose credibility as a cultural critic has taken a nosedive ever since someone thought it was a good idea to turn The Rules of Attraction into a movie. Plus, the one time we actually need Bret Easton Ellis’ opinion on something (namely, the American Psycho musical), he sends a tweet like this:
Gee, thanks for the insight Mr. Ellis, but maybe you could have just tweeted that we should all go fuck ourselves.
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