This past week we brought you the story of Bret Easton Ellis, the popular author of American Psycho and Less than Zero, explaining that liberals need to accept that Trump won and move on. Since then, the popular author has had a number of other interviews where he’s been asked to give his opinion on America’s political landscape. One in particular is making waves across liberal America.
On Tuesday, the website Dazed released its interview with Ellis and his artistic collaborator Alex Israel, and the author hammered American liberals for their fascist politically correct behavior, citing political correctness as the biggest reason that Donald Trump was able to win the White House.
One person who certainly would have voted for the current president if he could have is British news editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who works for far-right website Breitbart, founded by Steve Bannon, now the president’s chief strategist. The three of us are talking the day after protestors at UC Berkeley shut down an appearance from the controversial commentator, who was due to speak on campus as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour, a person Easton Ellis describes as a “provocateur” and someone whose @Nero account was deleted from Twitter after he became involved in an argument with Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, who was being subjected to racist abuse.
“I would much rather have Milo Yiannopoulos on Twitter than a middle-aged actress who can’t handle trolls,” says Easton Ellis. “This complete inability to deal with shit is why Trump won. Trump decimated identity politics. He completely erased whatever the authoritarian PC culture was that emerged during the Obama era and was going to keep exploding into the Clinton era. He completely blew that up, because no-one could live under that. I think it hit its apex with that Steve Martin tweet about Carrie Fisher (see below). Identity politics feminists wrote essays saying ‘how dare you objectify Carrie Fisher’ and he deleted the tweet. Everyone was outraged over it.”
While quieter on the subject, to an extent Israel agrees with Easton Ellis. “I think people also have to be okay with being offended and arguing – I don’t want to live in a world where I’m never offended. That’s not an interesting place for my creative brain to live and exist.”
It is good to see and hear more and more liberals articulating this frustration with their fascist fellow-liberals. We conservatives can argue and cajole all day long, but the only way we can hope to see change is if liberals themselves realize how fascist their rhetoric and behavior has become and decide to change. We need more Bret Easton Ellis’ to save liberalism from itself.