Acclaimed author Bret Easton Ellis has been inundated with criticism after posting a series of homophobic tweets on social media platform Twitter during the last week.
No stranger to controversy, Ellis tweeted comments regarding his thoughts on television show Glee and actor Chris Colfer, who plays gay teen, Kurt.
“I like the idea of ‘Glee’ but why is it that every time I watch an episode I feel like I’ve stepped into a puddle of HIV?” Ellis said.
He followed up the comments five hours later with:
“No, I wasn’t drunk last night. I was watching Chris Colfer singing, um, ‘Le Jazz Hot’ and felt like I had suddenly come down with the hivs.”
Showing no sign of backing down from his homophobic barrage, Ellis then criticised the ‘It Gets Better’ anti-LGBT bullying initiative started by US writer/activist Dan Savage.
“I hate that shit about ‘It Gets Better.’ It doesn’t. Retool it. Say ‘You Get Stronger.’ The narcissism of gays is out of fucking control…”
Ellis, who refuses to be identify as either gay or straight because of the impact he believes it would have on the reading of his novels, is best known for his works Less than Zero, The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho. His longtime lover Michael Wade Kaplan – to whom his book Lunar Park was dedicated – died of a heart attack in 2004.
This is not the first time the author has come under fire for his remarks on Twitter. Last year there was a backlash against his comments regarding the death of Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger, when he wrote: “Yeah!! Thank God he’s finally dead. I’ve been waiting for this day for-fucking-ever. Party tonight!!!”
Glee’s Matthew Morrison was asked about Ellis’ tweets by US entertainment network E! News this week. His response: “Who’s that?”