Bret Easton Ellis, author of “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero,” is a pretty dark guy.
He’s also quite funny and he doesn’t suffer fools gladly. More, he’s got a reasonable take on politics (unusual for a card-carrying member of the Left Coast glitterati).
So his recent comments to Rolling Stone about the state of politics in America today shed some much-needed light (and humor) on the whole sordid mess.
Ellis, who once famously declared that he was “not having political discussions with anyone anymore,” was asked about the new political game of liberals, with their “knee-jerk shock and outrage.”
“I live with a Trump-hating, millennial socialist,” Ellis said. “I am not, as my boyfriend will tell everyone, political. I’m interested in the theater of it, how each side plays the game, and how the media has morphed with it. I have never seen liberals be more annoying than they are now.”
These last few weeks really were a flipping point for me, with the depression over the Supreme Court and the way the detention centers were being spun by the liberal media. It’s obviously a game. Here’s Rachel Maddow crying on TV, and pictures of Trump detention centers. My stepfather, who is a Polish Jew, had his entire family wiped out when he was an infant. Throwing around words like Nazi, Gestapo and comparisons to Weimar Germany is like, “Really guys? You’re going there?” I’ve had enough. I think there’s a reason why the #WalkAway movement is getting it’s ten seconds of fame, because there’s a real reaction toward the stridency of how Democrats are expressing their disappointment. It’s turning a lot of people off.
Ellis was also asked: “Are we living in Patrick Bateman’s dream America?”
Trump certainly embodies the ruthless vapidity of American Psycho. I tweeted on election night “Somewhere, Patrick Bateman is smiling.” I decided to delete it, as I didn’t know how it would be taken. I knew that something earthshaking had happened, and it made me nervous. But certainly, it is Bateman’s dream America. I had never really made that connection before now, but with you asking it, yes. Bateman adores Trump, and his idol is president. I think a lot of people have made the connection, because there were a lot of American Psycho headlines when Trump won.
On his podcast, the author has also expressed his thoughts on how Trump’s presidency has affected his own life, especially given the “childish meltdowns” from liberals.
“You can dislike the fact that Trump was elected, yes, definitely, and yet still understand and accept ultimately that he was elected this time around. Or you can have a complete mental and emotional collapse and let the Trump presidency define you, which I think is absurd,” Ellis said.