Author Bret Easton Ellis is no stranger to controversies. In Europe, his book "American Psycho" still has to be purchased in a plastic bag due to the graphic imagery of murder, drugs, and sex. When Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) isn’t tweeting about television and cinema, he seems to get his kicks out of bashing dead writers.
A few moments after it was announced that brilliant American writer J.D. Salinger had died, Ellis tweeted “Yeah!! Thank God he's finally dead. I've been waiting for this day for-fucking-ever. Party tonight!!!” When questioned about the tweet he said "All I know is that half the people who read it, got it. And half the people who didn't get it wanted to kill me. I don't know. I didn't think the tweet was about Salinger. I thought it was about something else.”
Last week Ellis was at it again but instead of tackling a writer the general populous has a general Idea of, he decided to go after the patron martyr of lit snobs across the world, David Foster Wallace. In these six tweets, Ellis demonstrates a full-on shit storm of indictments:
As a long time follower of Ellis’ Twitter account and a huge admirer of his work, I found this surprising. I figured Ellis would not be keen on Foster work but that Ellis would at least find him a worthy postmortem adversary.
Though I honestly don’t see what is the big deal. Twitter is a website where people share their trips to Starbucks in live time; it isn’t that sophisticated. As nasty as it may look this is an opinion and we all have the right to have one. Trust me, someone, somewhere has spoken similar words about Foster. There should be no need for people to get upset over what people have to say over the internet.