Novelist Bret Easton Ellis is no fan of political correctness.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the “American Psycho” author blasted identity politics and said speech is being “muzzled” in the current cultural climate.
“I think everyone feels muzzled now, and it comes down to how much you can take. Can I talk about what I’m feeling and say my opinion?” he asked. “You get to a point where there’s a break, a fissure, and you either decide to go through it and be yourself, or you decide to hide. I don’t know what kind of life it’s like to hide. I feel more comfortable expressing myself as a completely transparent man now.”
Asked whether he’s worried about whether he thinks gay marriage will be repealed under the Trump administration (Ellis is a gay man), the novelist refused to take the bait.
“It’s not something that I worry about, or is on my mind,” he said. “That’s the problem with identity politics, and it’s what got Hillary [Clinton] into trouble. If you have a vagina, you had to vote for Hillary. This has seeped into a bedrock credo among a lot of people, and you’ve gotta step back.”
“People are not one-issue voters,” the “Less Than Zero” author continued.
“I am not going to vote as a gay man, and I don’t think the idea of us not being allowed to marry is going to happen.”
Ellis said he even has gay friends who voted for Trump.
“[Mike] Pence has his issues, but Trump is not an anti-gay president in any way, shape or form,” he said. “I also have gay friends who support and voted for Trump, based on certain policies. It’s not just about being gay and being able to marry.”