September 6, 2012. We’re going to count Ellis’s early-September rant of David Foster Wallace-hating as one tweet here, mostly because we can’t pick the worst one. Yes, everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, and we may be sensitive here because we count ourselves among those “Literary Doucebag-Fools” [sic], but we find it incredibly classless to rail against a relatively recently-dead writer in this way.
Fun fact: at the New Yorker Festival’s panel “Re-Reading David Foster Wallace” in October, D.T. Max brought up Ellis’s tweets, and the fact that he had elsewhere referred to Wallace as being “too smart for fiction” to the panelists. Mary Karr shrugged, saying that it sounded to her like the complaint of someone not as smart as David. When the crowd cheered, she reminded us that we were all stupider than him too.
October 3, 2012. We’re pretty sure that’s not true. We’re also pretty sure that comparing people to Hitler is the cheapest and most obnoxious form of criticism on the planet.
November 22, 2012. Now, maybe this is just a sort of bizarre wishful thinking on Ellis’s part — that we as a society have so advanced that we no longer take offense to things? Maybe? But the comments people make can still hurt other people, so that doesn’t really track. We think it’s just what Ellis tells himself so that he can keep on saying whatever he wants. And he can! He even should. But that doesn’t make it “appropriate.”
October 17, 2012. Maybe we’re reading too much into it, but this kind of sounds like Ellis threatening to kill Lindsay Lohan.
August 8, 2012. Ellis took a lot of heat for this train of thought — that a gay actor can’t play a straight, sexual role — and rightly so. The job of an actor is to pretend to be someone else — that’s the definition of the word “actor” — so why would anyone be limited by their sexuality? Nonsense.
July 31, 2012. We don’t know which half of this statement offends us more.
September 22, 2012. These in response to the secretly recorded cab conversation in which Paris Hilton, discussing Grindr, said “Ewww. Eww. To get fucked? Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS…I would be so scared if I was a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.” Dumb on its own, but a private conversation — unlike Ellis’s public and bizarre support.
December 5, 2012. Ah, yes. Consider this a stand-in for all the times Ellis uses “Generation Wuss” — the clever name Ellis has come up with for all of the people who are offended/irritated/confused by his tweets. The idea being that if you don’t agree with him, you’re a “snowflake” and a “wuss,” so you’d better man up and learn to love being a jerk to everybody.
December 5, 2012/December 7, 2012. The most recent unfathomable tweet postulated that Kathryn Bigelow, who directed this year’s Zero Dark Thirty, only gets the attention she does because she’s a lady. News flash: it’s because her movies are great. Why are we arguing about this?
October 18, 2012. Now that’s just evil.