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BRET EASTON ELLIS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN A DIGITAL AGE



Bret Easton Ellis, the best-selling novelist and screenwriter of the darkly incisive American Psycho and other hugely popular novels, is diving into nonfiction for the first time with his provocatively titled new book White, which blends his personal perspective in the entertainment industry and his sharp cultural insight into our digital age, simultaneously defining and defending the concept of freedom of speech.

While Ellis eschews the label provocateur, he remains outspoken in his frustration with identity politics and political correctness. In Ellis’ words, “Everyone feels muzzled now, and it comes down to how much you can take. Can I talk about what I’m feeling and say my opinion? You get to a point where there’s a break, a fissure, and you either decide to go through it and be yourself, or you decide to hide.”

Beyond his literary career, Ellis also expounds at length on film, books, music, culture and politics on “The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast,” and his Twitter feed is often feisty—agree or disagree with him, Ellis gets you thinking. Join Ellis live at INFORUM as he reflects on the state of political discourse in the United States and shares his unique perspective as an unfiltered and often polarizing cultural commentator.

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Jordan Alexander Hill
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Jordan Alexander Hill

Nellie is a terrible person and a wokescold. Brett is amazing!

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Moonlight was garbage. Get over it.

Sid Vicious
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Sid Vicious
miranda c
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miranda c

God, the interviewer is gorgeous. Not a skilled interlocutor, but she sure is beautiful.

Big Black
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Big Black

Gen Z is going to exterminate these people.

biteme
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biteme

that was painful.

biteme
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biteme

I cannot believe this woman is lecturing him about his opinions. wtf? no one is there to hear yours that's for sure.

Kevin T
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Kevin T

Easton is a god, American Psycho is a treasure.

Nazbol Kim
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Nazbol Kim

I can't wait until one of these ghey literary types goes full Mishima.

ahoyhoy1
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ahoyhoy1

"Who are you to decide what art is?" she says. Wut? Can a spectator not be critical of the art he's looking at?

B C
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B C

This interviewer/moderator is awful.

Nev
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Nev

Brett Easton Ellis. Total respect for this man, watching tonight's Channel 4 news (UK)
23.04.2019. The interviewer tried to put words into his head to gain a pro- liberal agenda. He didn't play the game and gave many examples of the danger of censorship and free speech. She also tried to get him to be very anti-Trump. However, he again was far too smart with her with his answers. She's not got over Hillary not getting in! Sadly, another example of CH4 media bias.

mark kavanagh
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mark kavanagh

Twitter is digital tattoo's! you can't get rid of them if you regret them.

OMG Puppies
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OMG Puppies
Beatrice Dietl
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Beatrice Dietl

I have to quote Reich-Ranitzki here: To write about Beethoven you don´t have to be able to play in an orchestra…….

Trevor Tillman
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Trevor Tillman

Agree with Ellis on just about everything and I've always identified myself as a liberal. The fact is, no one wants to join ranks with their denouncers, and it's actually self-destructive towards the goals or change you're trying to achieve, to overreact to every thing that angers us and alienate would-be allies. Persuasion, even with people you find vile, is sometimes necessary to "move the needle." The interviewer was passively antagonistic and cringey though, from one San Franciscan to another.

Demon 1527
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Demon 1527

She may have read the book but did not get it

Nicholas Christiaan
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Nicholas Christiaan

The end of this interview is like being at a party with two bored & stoned people who keep forgetting the last thing they said.

robiu013
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robiu013

gen wusser here to point out how triggered i am by the interviewer

Joe Narrf
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Joe Narrf

Terrible interviewer.

Bob BarkerIII
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Bob BarkerIII

Yeah, Dave, Twitter aint real life.

Bob BarkerIII
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Bob BarkerIII

His boyfriend is his SpongeBob Square Pants friend. The man's life is a cartoon.

boldbearings
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boldbearings

"We barely hung out…"
The Brat Pack? Didn't Donna Tartt dedicate The Secret History to Ellis?

Angelo Catalano
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Angelo Catalano

Man, there's nothing redeeming about this interview. The presenter is terrible and Ellis reminds me of Brian from Family Guy.

Alison Bell
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Alison Bell

Not here for this interviewer.

rODIUM
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rODIUM

Love Bret! I just find him so cool.

Sheldon
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Sheldon

I am sorry but she was a terrible interviewer. WHy was a tech writer interviewing a novelist?