Bret Easton Ellis Apologizes To Kathryn Bigelow For Sexist Tweets
Bret Easton Ellis has courted controversy for years - if you’ve read American Psycho, you’ll know what I mean - but his recent actvity on Twitter has offended even him. He started tweeting about Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, and (in his mind) one thing led to another. Here’s one example quoted in his post entitled “Dear Kathryn Bigelow: Bret Easton Ellis is Really Sorry” on The Daily Beast:
Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she's a very hot woman she's really overrated.
So, not a fan, then? But he went on to tweet more damage. I’d almost say he was ‘drunk-tweeting’ from some of them, which he does suggest in one his replies to a critic. We’ve all done it, right?
After speaking to a few women following the incident, including his mom, he decided he’d been way out of line - no, really way out of line. At least he’s man enough to admit his mistake, realizing he’d been treating Twitter "like a writer’s funhouse” and that his language “has become a problem”.
I don’t mean for the 364,000 people who follow BretEastonEllis’s verified Twitter account. No, it’s become a problem for the Twitter Me; my Twitter consciousness, just wanting to have fun and be a bit of a provocateur in 140 characters. And then realizing ... err, that’s not really fun or that provocative. It goes beyond douchiness into another more insensitive realm.
I can’t find any indication that Bigelow has even noticed all the furor. Ellis, after announcing he was taking a break promptly tweeted that Zero Dark Thirty was "the most morally dubious, obtuse and overrated movie of 2012."
I just want to know: is he doing it on purpose?
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