Brett Easton Ellis Says ‘Glee’ Is A Puddle Of HIV

Wednesday, April 13 by

Someone made a joke on Twitter that many people are taking offense to. Everybody look surprised. I seriously hope a series of alarms go off at Twitter HQ when that happens.

Novelist Brett Easton Ellis, the satirical author behind American Psycho, wrote the following eyebrow-raising nugget into the Twittersphere:

“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?”

That’s some in-ter-es-ting word choice for a show that has an inordinate amount of gay characters. It’d be like calling “Seinfeld” a “puddle of Holocaust.” I assume Ellis will either apologize, or”Glee” creator Ryan Murphy will furiously respond and generate more Tweet drama. On a related note, I miss the days before Twitter when celebrities used to fight each other in person at the “Source Awards.” If nobody comes out of this with a black eye or chipped tooth, I’ll be so angry… I’ll have to sing about it? (Vulture)

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  1. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Woopty do, teh gay secks people need to get over it, it’s not insulting unless they let themselves be insulted

  2. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Andrew Walker

    Isn’t ellis gay? He should be able to make all the HIV jokes he wants

  3. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Yea I totally didn’t see that as an ‘attack on gay people’. Sure he could’ve chosen his words better, but I don’t see him saying that in the same way that Geoffrey Golden does.

  4. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    ellis is gay..

  5. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Henry E

    while HIV may be a big problem in the gay community it is not a strictly gay phenomenon. His comments may have nothing to do with gays but with a show about teenagers engaging in unprotected sex, which GASP! is an actual way to contract HIV.

    I think your “outrage” accompanied with the assumption that a comment about HIV is directed at gays is more offensive than the comments of a man who admits to be sexually ambiguous discussing a show he has clearly watched and not enjoyed.

  6. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Ron Jones

    If I was a celeb I would arrange with another celeb to fight at the source awards within seconds of showing up. It would stop and then start again at random times throughout the night. Maybe even get multiple celebs in on it and start a 15 man brawl….of white people.

  7. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Peter Voth

    I’m gay and I think this is hilarious.

  8. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    I demand an apology from Ryan Murphy for creating such a god awful show! Just god awful! PUUUUUUKKKKKKEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Seriously it’s worse than the Holocaust. Seriously. Seriously. No joke. Ryan Murphy owes me money and a serious heartfelt apology and better rip that sh!tty a$$ show off the air immediately.

    Glee is FAR MORE OFFENSIVE that any comment about AIDS.

    I’m not exaggerating in any way. F#CK Glee!

  9. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Also, it was a pretty funny joke. :)

    Seriously in the course of human history Glee is far worse than genocide. Seriously. Seriously. No joke.

    F#CK Glee.

    (Oh yeah, and F#CK the fans of that show too. I almost forgot to include them in that.)

    p.s. Could we PLEEEEEEASE have a Glee-Fans-Holocaust? PLEEEEEEEEASE????????????????

    p.p.s. Your welcome for my objective insight.

  10. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    It’s noted in the show that there was only one occasion of unprotected sex, and that was at the very beginning of the first season, so your assumption that he’s referring to teenagers engaging in unprotected sex is, at best, folly.

  11. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    I just wanted to say how much I don’t like “Glee”. It makes me cringe to try and dumb myself down to that kind of humor, leaving me not so “gleeful”. First and last time I watched it was the same quarter episode in jail.

  12. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    having Bret Easton Ellis comment on anything having to do with actual talent is like having shit complain about odor … this pretentious, talentless, fey, Gen-X hack is lucky the taste level dropped so much the past 25 years he was able to have a career

  13. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Kinda like black people being able to use the n word, if you didnt know, which I don’t think you do, ellis is gay

  14. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    You really didn’t read what you wrote 7 hours ago, did you?

  15. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Gays=HIV who doesnt know that

  16. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    I’m not a fan of Glee but that was just a crummy thing to say.Then again,he hasn’t been in the news lately,has he?

  17. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    I thought HIV was a disease anyone could get? People these days really strive to be offended.

  18. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    that line was stolen from Jim Norton!!

  19. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Uh, this is Bret Easton Ellis. If the dude didn’t apologize for American Psycho why would he apologize for this?

  20. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Haha, and he is gay himself besides? Guess we’ll have to go feel uncomfortable about something else.

  21. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Charles Revinness

    His comments obviously mean its the beginning of something terrible for the future of television.

    Glee is a disgrace.

  22. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Or you are just a lying homophobic troll claiming to be gay. Come to think of it, that is hilariously pathetic!

  23. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm


    Wow! Geoffrey Golden I wonder if your gayness and HIV correlation is only a stereotype (which is just sad by the way) or if you are also homophobic too!

  24. April 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Grow up

    AIDS disproportionally hits the gay community, mainly because it’s easier to transfer the virus during anal sex. Pretending otherwise isn’t going to help solve anything. Grow up, and stop looking for excuses to call someone homophobic.

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