It took a man who once trashed Donald Trump in print to deliver the lecture Hollywood so sorely needed.
Only Bret Easton Ellis, the author of “American Psycho,” didn’t just slap the entertainment industry around. He bludgeoned the modern liberal so hard even Rush Limbaugh might cry, “Stop the fight!”
The 35 minute rant at the start of Ellis’ latest podcast was wild, creative and sometimes exhausting. By the end, he had hit so many targets dead center you wanted to hear it all over again.
Ellis, who once used Trump to highlight his “American Psycho” protagonist’s oily manner, isn’t a rock-ribbed conservative. He didn’t vote for Trump, nor does he apologize for the president’s baser instincts. The author still refuses to accept progressive dogma at face value. It’s a recurring theme on his popular podcast.
Last year, Ellis excoriated political correctness during a particularly blazing podcast episode. That was just a taste of what he delivered this week. Ellis took on liberals who simply cannot process the fact that Hillary Clinton isn’t living in the White House. His withering comments hit some rather sacred cows, especially Oscar winner Meryl Streep.
Remember Streep’s Golden Globes rant? What was lost in that kerfuffle was found by Ellis.
“Instead of talking about all the filmmakers she had worked with and who had passed away in the last two years — Michael Cimino, Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron, or especially what it was like playing Carrie Fisher in ‘Postcards From the Edge,’ since Fisher had died just two weeks earlier, 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.”
Ellis also turned his rhetorical guns on two other famous Hollywood liberals.
“Barbra Streisand says she’s gaining weight because of Trump. Lena Dunham says she’s losing weight because of Trump. Really? You’re blaming the president for your own problems and neuroses?”
It’s the kind of comments late night comics might tweak. Instead, it took someone in the New Media trenches to state the obvious.
Dubious Dinner Conversations
Ellis also quoted some of his recent dinner companions regarding Trump’s improbable Election Day victory. While he took pains to say the comments didn’t represent every liberal, the reactions evoke the very worst progressive stereotypes.
For example, consider this take from a liberal companion on why Hillary Clinton should be considered our president.
“The electoral college is bullsh**. Los Angeles and New York should decide who the f***ing president is … I’m a proud liberal coastal elitist, and we should decide who is the president. We do know better.”
And then there’s The Resistance (complete with the accompanying hashtag).
“Liberalism used to be about freedom but now is about a kind of warped moral authority that is actually part of the moral superiority movement. This faction of the left is touchingly now known as ‘The Resistance.’ Oh yes, the resistance. What is this resistance? There are posters all over my neighborhood in West Hollywood urging me to resist, resist, resist…
“Some of us have been wondering, resist what exactly? And who is telling us to resist whatever? The people who voted for the candidate who lost? I’m supposed to listen to them? Is this a joke?”
Blame the Media. Really
Later, Ellis honed in on the mainstream media. Collectively, reporters were baffled by Candidate Trump. Their response, though, proved unhealthy.
“I couldn’t believe I lived in a country where the press had become this biased or corporate. They lost all neutrality and perspective … the way the press handled the coverage of this election was an absolute moral disaster for this country.”
Ellis wraps the rant on some chilling notes.
“The idea that the left would censor anyone, punish anyone is something that still causes my mind to reel even though it’s the alarming norm in the name of identity politics, political correctness and freedom of speech.”
Violent Safe Spaces
Take the imbroglio over a conservative speaker’s appearance at Middlebury College in Vermont earlier this month. Charles Murray never got the chance to finish his presentation. A professor got sent to the hospital after protesters attacked her during the melee.
“There was an alarmed reaction among members of the left, Democrats and the media … hmmm, this maybe isn’t the best way to go. Where is this going to lead?”
At least some liberals fear the answer to that question. CNN’s Van Jones caught flak for daring to applaud a single President Trump speech.
The progressive commentator later cautioned students against fleeing to safe spaces.
“I don’t want to you be safe ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe emotionally. I want you to be strong,” Ellis says, quoting Jones. “Put on some boots and learn how to deal with adversity. You are creating a kind of liberalism that the minute it crosses the street into the real world is not just useless but obnoxious and dangerous.”
So is there any hope for a deeply divided nation? Ellis supplies one possible solution.
“I propose it’s time to get up, pull on your big boy pants and have a stiff drink at the bar. Becuse in the end we share only one country.”