On Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast, the American Psycho author opens up to listeners regarding his candid thoughts on the aftermath of Donald Trump’s win. Ellis discusses on the new episode the “hysteria of the left” that has disillusioned many people, including celebrities like Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and Barbra Streisand.
“Some of my friends and acquaintances as well as the millennial partner I have been living with for the last seven years are now undergoing the last spasms of the death throes — hopefully — of a kind of new liberal psychosis that is inflicting many members of the left.”
Ellis admits that because he didn’t vote, he can’t complain about the winner. However, that doesn’t prevent him from being able to complain about the reactions of the losers.
“The building that inhabited the old-school identity politics-obsessed neo-liberalism elitism was/is being deconstructed by actually both sides,” he continues. “Eight years in an Obama style and sensibility are on the verge of dissemination by the recently elected disruptors. … 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 says. “If you are still losing your shit about Trump, I think you should probably go to a shrink and not let the bad man that was elected define your self-victimization and your life. You are letting him win.”
“This faction of the left is touchingly now known as the resistance,” Ellis points out. “What is this resistance? Resist what exactly? Who is telling us to resist whatever? What am I supposed to be resisting?”
“Well, I am certainly resisting the childish meltdowns I have been witnessing at dinners and on social media and on late-night TV and too many times in my own home in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory last November. And this disruption of the status quo, this dismantling of the political narrative everybody had been so used to. [Everybody] who expected the Obama era to effortlessly merge with another Clinton in the White House which alarmingly suggested, I think, a movement backward and not forward.”
“What was happening to my boyfriend was also reflective of the epidemic of moral superiority that has engulfed and is now destroying, eating alive, the American left,” the author continues.
“I cannot count the times my boyfriend has left the house since the election — his hair long and tousled — he hasn’t shaved in months, and he’s addicted to three things besides opiates: Russian conspiracies discussed on Reddit, Rachel Maddow detailing Russian conspiracies and Final Fantasy 15.”
Ellis then moved his crosshairs from his boyfriend (I wonder if they are still together after this podcast) to stars like Lena Dunham and Barbra Streisand. He says these celebrities are using Trump as an excuse for their own problems, like losing weight and gaining weight respectively.
Bret Easton Ellis questions, “Really? You are blaming the president for your own problems and neuroses?”
He moves onto Meryl Streep who spoke out in protest against Trump publicly at the Golden Globes after receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Streep used this moment to go on an anti-Trump rant for 10 minutes on national TV instead of eulogizing her friend. Again reinstating the moral superiority of the left and ignoring aesthetics in place of ideology. This is, of course, Hollywood, so no surprise.”
“For some reason I started thinking about the cost of Meryl Streep’s gown at the Golden Globes and the $30 million apartment she had recently put on the market in Greenwich Village,” Ellis adds. Liberalism used to be about freedom, but now it’s about a kind of warped moral authority that is actually part of the moral superiority movement.”
Ellis brings up some interesting thoughts, but we still can’t help but wonder: Is he still dating the millennial boyfriend he slams during the podcast?
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