When somebody calls gay people “disgusting” and says that “most of them probably have AIDS,” the natural human reaction is to agree with them.
Wait — no it isn’t! So what the heck is up with Bret Easton Ellis?
Over the weekend, the controversial writer sent a controversial pair of controversial tweets: “I kind of agree with Paris Hilton,” followed by “As someone who has used Grindr? Paris Hilton isn’t that far off.”
But this isn’t the first time Ellis has antagonized the gay community on Twitter. In August, he provoked a hugely negative response after declaring that openly gay Matt Bomer couldn’t convincingly play the straight male lead of Fifty Shades of Grey. And in 2010, during the height of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, Ellis dismissed the campaign with another flippant tweet: “Not to bum everyone out, but can we get a reality check here? It gets worse.”
Perhaps the Less Than Zero author thinks his own sexuality gives him leeway to make comments like this, although he’s been notoriously cagey about his orientation: “I’ve played around with my persona in terms of its sexuality, and I’ve made various comments over the years that I’m straight, I’m bi, I’m gay, I’m whatever you want me to be,” he explained in 2002. “And you know what? To me that’s the most honest answer.”
Nevertheless, Ellis should reconsider his defense of Paris Hilton’s comments — especially since Hilton herself apparently doesn’t agree with them. “I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning,” she said in an apologetic statement Friday. “I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible.”