American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, angered by the handling of Jason Collins’ coming out, has written an article explaining why he is so annoyed by the actions of the ‘gay establishment’.
Jason Collins, he says, was treated like ‘some kind of baby panda who needed to be honored and praised and consoled and – yes – infantilized by his coming out.’ It’s his opinion that ‘the subsequent fawning over Collins simply stating he is gay still seemed to me, as another gay man, like a new kind of victimization’.
He blames the media for the way it portrays gay men upon their coming out as a ‘Magical Elf’ paraded around like some kind of ‘saintly E.T.’ intended to remind people ‘only about Tolerance and Our Own Prejudices and To Feel Good About Ourselves and to be a symbol instead of just being a gay dude.’
When gay celebrities come out, it’s big news – partly because there are so few of them – and of course all media channels jump on that story. Easton Ellis wonders whether it may have a detrimental effect, ‘I’m all for coming out on one’s own terms, but heralding it as the most important news story of the week feels to me, as a gay man, well, kind of alienating.’
He goes on to clarify that he is not anti-gay rights, as some have claimed, ‘ever since I realized I was gay I have always supported gay rights – as a gay person it just becomes part of your DNA. I have not, however, supported the way gay people have been portrayed in the media’. ‘[We] are represented in some kind of unending gay minstrel show in movies and on TV often created by gay writers and producers, or just conveniently ignored’
Read the full article on the Out website.