Ellis Attacks Gay Campaign Group Over "Politically Correct Gayness"
Bret Easton Ellis seems to be making a habit of upsetting people. He’s done it again, upsetting LGBT activist group GLAAD with his comments about how the recent coming out of Jason Collins, the basketball star, was handled by the media.
Ellis wrote a “lengthy diatribe” for Out magazine claiming Collins was treated like a "kind of baby panda who needed to be honored and praised and consoled and – yes – infantilized”. He goes on to accuse GLAAD of imposing a “sanitized and sanctified vision of homosexuality upon the complicated lives of ordinary gay people”.
"An organization holding an awards ceremony that they think represents all gays and also feels that they can choose which gays can and cannot be a member of the party is, on the fact of it, ridiculous. The fact remains that if you aren't presenting yourself as a happy homosexual promoting healthy mainstream gay values and pimping for GLAAD, then you're somehow defaming The Cause," he writes.
GLAAD has hit back, of course, and Rich Ferraro said:
"Given the crude remarks he's made about the gay community and people living with HIV/Aids, this publicity stunt is not surprising. GLAAD 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. I hoped to share with Bret information about GLAAD's actual advocacy work and mission since he does not appear up to speed on it."
Part of the problem started in April when Ellis had been invited to take part in “the GLAAD media awards”, but the group withdrew the offer after seeing some of the comments on his Twitter feed. He now claims he’s “been criticized for being a self-hating homosexual, but says though he may be self-hating, it has nothing to do with being gay”.
It’s not the first time he’s had a run-in with a person or organisation, and I doubt it will be the last. Is he right? Or is this just another case of Ellis shooting his mouth off?
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