‘Fight Club’ Author to Liberal Snowflakes: Stop Being So Offended

Artists are starting to lose patience with the Left

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 24 Jan 2017 at 5:53 PM

The term “snowflake” has been made popular by many conservative commentators as a way to describe the easily offended out there — the victims of a culture that overvalues political correctness.

If you’d like to know where the term originated, “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk is taking credit. “It does come from ‘Fight Club,'” Palahniuk told the Evening Standard after the publication reached out and asked about the popular term. “There is a line: ‘You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.'”

Palahniuk said the problem of being too offended by everything is one entrenched in the Left, not the Right.

Palahniuk’s novel is about a group of men dealing with the decline of machismo and their own emasculation. They turn to creating a brawling fight club. The book would later inspire a cult classic film that starred Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

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Palahniuk said the problem of being too offended by everything is one entrenched in the Left, not the Right. “The modern Left is always reacting to things,” he said. “Once they get their show on the road culturally, they will stop being so offended.”

Palahniuk — who recently wrote a graphic novel sequel to “Fight Club” — said he’s seen political correctness only get worse over the years. “Every generation gets offended by different things, but my friends who teach in high school tell me their students are very easily offended.”

He’s right to point out the reactionary politics of the Left. College campuses are just one shining example of the politically correct seeking to crumble the culture and draw dividing lines between groups of people.

From safe spaces to the harassment of artists and commentators with differing opinions from the campus populace, political correctness has been dangerously injected with steroids — and was a big reason for the rise of Donald Trump.

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As for the new American president, Palahniuk has not commented, but it would be hard to argue that the cultural war the Left is waging wasn’t partly behind the president’s historic rise. No matter one’s opinion of Trump, his no-apologies nature was and is refreshing to a populace tired of loud “snowflakes” dominating the culture.

In another bit of surprising news concerning artists standing against political correctness, the creators of the “Batman” comic book character Bane talked to The Hollywood Reporter recently about why they supported Donald Trump.

To know why that is relevant, one must be aware of a viral moment from the president’s inauguration speech. “We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said in his speech. Many recognized the simple statement and quickly cut up Trump’s words with that of the fictional villain Bane from 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” In a speech in which Bane introduces himself to the city of Gotham, the comic book villain says almost the same thing as Trump.

Reaching out to writer Chuck Dixon and artist Graham Nolan, The Hollywood Reporter was surprised to find that the two supported Trump. "I saw that as a good thing, the sealing of an oath he made during the campaign. Basically, 'I'm not going to forget my promises.' It was also a warning to almost everyone seated behind him. He's going to keep being Trump with no plans to compromise," said Dixon of Trump's inaugural address.

"I am willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt. Let's see what he does before we lose our minds. He couldn't be worse than the entrenched establishment we've had for many years," added Nolan. The two revealed Trump had earned their votes. When the interviewer asked them about Trump being anything like a Batman villain, Dixon said, "Is he like a Batman villain? In many ways he is. But our last guy in that office often reminded me of a Bond villain. So there you go."

The words of these artists solidify the fact that Trump's rise was as much cultural as it was political. The media may be surprised to find Palahniuk calling out the "easily offended" and standing by the term "snowflake" and to find the artists behind Bane — and therefore that viral moment from Trump's speech — admiring Trump's brash style. Yet these are things regular people having been saying for quite some time. With Trump now in office and the Democratic Party crumbling, we'll find more and more artists speaking just as bluntly about the hindrances of political correctness and the cultural and political establishments.

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