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May 09, 2018

Brett Easton Ellis: There's a Big Backlash Against Leftist Hysteria Coming

Author Brett Easton Ellis, best known for American Psycho, has been ridiculing snowflakes for a while, so he's not a Kanye-like convert.

He's also been predicting a coming backlash for a while. But now he says Kanye's declaration of independence is proof that it's now here.

I pray he's right.

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis warned for years of an impending shift against progressive values in a town long touted as a bastion of liberalism. Following Kanye West's controversial break with liberalism over Twitter and TMZ, Ellis is seeing his premonition unfold.

"As someone who considers themselves a disillusioned Gen-X'er, I think there IS a backlash brewing against leftist hysteria," Ellis told Observer over email. "What I used to semi-align myself with has no answers for anything right now, just constant bitching and finding ways to delegitimize an election."

"That is not a plan for 2020, and if I was a hardcore Democrat I'd be very worried despite the blue wave of 2018, that may or may not fully arrive," added the controversial novelist.

The author makes the basic but important point that as the left makes itself more narrow in the beliefs it permits, it makes the right bigger. The left is now dogmatically, militantly in favor of a very specific ideology many find toxic; that means "the right" -- defined broadly as those against the hegemoic leftist culture -- has grown simply because the left keeps exiling more heretics.

The right doesn't have to do anything much to add to the anti-left coalition while the left continues its purging/exiling madness.

"Hollywood is both hysterically emotional about its liberalism, but it's locked in a major hypocrisy because it is one of the least inclusive capitalist societies that exists--pure corporate culture with corporate rules," said Ellis. "It's about caving in creatively to the global marketplace and, for example, if that means no gay characters in movies because they won't play in certain territories then so be it. And as I've always liked to point out: Beverly Hills voted for Trump in 2016--one of the only bits of red out here in a sea of blue, and that fact does not fit into a neat narrative about So-Cal Hollywood liberalism."

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