Since everybody seems really into Bret Easton Ellis quotes, here’s another one. Ellis is talking about Sinatra, James Brown, and Miles Davis whom he idolizes:
How would any of those artists have fared in a self-censorious society in which everyone tiptoes around trying to appease every group that might take offense at any opposing view, in essence shutting down creative excellence thanks to the fears and insecurities and ignorance of others? Could Sinatra have been forced into singing songs that exclusively made us feel dreamily better about our own identities, while ignoring the painful realities of life and human existence?
I’m not worried about art being destroyed by the easily offended Twitter mobs. Art survived under the Inquisition, so it will definitely survive this. Maybe it will even get better as a result.
But the poor, pathetic losers who can’t process any information that doesn’t constantly “affirm their identity” do need to be shown their place. Which Ellis is great at doing.