Brett Easton Ellis isn't one to shy away from controversy. He is, after all, the guy who wrote 'American Psycho,' the book that was adapted into the phenomenal movie of the same name starring Christian Bale. But recently, Ellis has been skipping the writing and going straight into provocation. This week, his Twitter account has had a variety of targets, most notably CBS and Neil Patrick Harris.
"Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother - central joke being that he's a gay actor playing a... womaniser," he tweeted, referencing Harris's promiscuous character Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom. "Why not cast Jason Segel in the Neil Patrick Harris role in How I Met Your Mother? [Because] the meta-joke is that Harris is openly gay. Lame..."
"You don't think the makers of How I Met Your Mother didn't KNOW that Neil Patrick Harris was gay and that would be part of the joke? Really?"
Ellis, who has an intentionally vague sexuality that would be best labeled as bisexual, makes an interesting point, especially considering that Harris's role as Stinson isn't the only one where he plays an oversexed womaniser -- his role in the Harold and Kumar films is a slightly more extreme version of the persona.
"Look, I like Neil Patrick Harris especially when he's hosting The Tonys," wrote Ellis, before swinging the proverbial glove. "But How I Met Your Mother is, like all CBS sitcoms, a piece of crap."
"And please don't get me started on the gay The Big Bang Theory - I'm too tired to go there," tweeted Ellis. "Gayness personified." (Big Bang star Jim Parsons recently came out as gay.)
Ellis defended himself against backlash for his tweets, declaring himself a "misanthrope" rather than homophobic. "I hate the way homosexuality is presented in our entertainment culture," he wrote.
Earlier this week, he tweeted that White Collar star Matt Bomer should not star in a Fifty Shades of Grey film because the part required a straight actor for the male lead. Back in April, he criticized FOX's Glee for its portrayal of homosexuals, saying, "I like the idea of Glee but why is it that every time I watch an episode I feel like I've stepped into a puddle of HIV?"
What do you think about Ellis's comments? Is he entirely off base, or is he onto something here?