Remember back in ye olde early December when controversial author Bret Easton Ellis ripped on Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow for being a “very hot woman” who’s “really overrated”? Well, now Ellis, who would very much like to stay on the national radar in any way possible, has finally seen Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and issued a formal retraction. (Blogs are formal.)
In a four-page stream-of-consciousness missive on The Daily Beast, Ellis basically treats the Internet as his therapist because that’s what it’s there for, working out his thoughts on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty and eventually apologizing that his Twitter behavior went “beyond douchiness into another more insensitive realm.” He then spiraled out into a commentary of Twitter in general. Behold the climax (ewwww):
The American press’s reaction to the Bigelow tweets was swift and overwhelming. Without reading the news I could still feel it swirling in the air because everyone around me was talking about it. It was by far the most sustained attack on anything I had tweeted about. What was odd about the collective anger was that the tweets were solely about daunting, glamorous Kathryn Bigelow—they were not directed at women everywhere, yet women united and seemed to bond over what they perceived as both a much broader and more personal “attack” (a word used often in the articles in the days that followed). The quick thoughtlessness that Twitter encourages had a lot to do with why the word “attack” was never going to register for me until after I started reading the press. What started bothering me was: what does my thinking Bigelow is physically hot have to do with anything? What point was I trying to make with that? That her success is due to her physicality? Was there anyway to get my real thoughts and feelings through in 140 characters and in a coherent and intelligent manner? Or do 140 characters (or less) determine that what you’re trying to say is sometimes going to come off as shallow, or mean-spirited, or wrong?
Hey, I can respect wanting to barf your feelings all over the web. But you know what, dude, if you really want to write a book about Twitter then maybe just do that. Away from Twitter.
Ellis’ original tweet: