Bret Easton Ellis has a hissy fit (plus a few other links)

So Art Tavana, a writer for LA Weekly, wrote about singer Sky Ferreira, acknowledging her talent but focusing on her sex appeal  (“When Ferreira snaps back her faux-blond hair in a music video, or does a Michael Jackson finger snap (her grandmother used to be MJ’s hair stylist), or when she takes off her big sunglasses and stares seductively into the camera, curling her candy-red lips like an English punk rocker, it never looks unnatural.”) which he discusses in much greater detail than her music. This generated some deserved flak, Teen Vogue for instance pointing that saying a woman as “pimped-out” implies she’s a prostitute.Bret Easton Ellis (the Less Than Zero author) decided he wasn’t putting up with that shit.

In a rant for the Independent he unloads on “little snowflake justice warriors” such as the Teen Vogue writer who had the temerity to criticize this “innocuous” piece: “the little snowflakes got so pissed off and were just sooo unbelievably offended by this piece, that they had to denounce it. Oh, little snowflakes, when did you all become grandmothers and society matrons, clutching your pearls in horror at someone who has an opinion about something, a way of expressing themselves that’s not the mirror image of yours, you snivelling little weak-ass narcissists? The high moral tone from social justice warriors is always out of scale with what they are indignant about. When did this hideous and probably nerve-wracking way of living begin transforming you into the authoritarian language police, with your strict set of little rules and manufactured outrage, demanding apologies from every sandwich or salad you didn’t like?” After all, what’s wrong with Tavana objectifying Ferreira? He admitted he was doing it, so that should all be hunky-dory, right?

As noted at the (not direct) link, Ellis does not seem to grasp that the definition of narcissist is not “disagrees with someone’s opinions.” Nor does he notice that he’s heavily into projection, delivering the kind of over-the-top response that he accuses Tavara’s critics of delivering, and condemning them for not being the mirror-image of his opinion. And I’m sure he doesn’t notice Teen Vogue made more sense, explaining why they took issue with the Tavara piece and not simply throwing invective at the target of their ire.

And no, admitting you’re objectifying someone does not excuse objectifying someone. I can’t think why it should. And given how often women of ability get reduced to their looks (or their status as a mother) it’s not unreasonable to object.

In other news:

•So if a creditor or debt collector wins a judgment against you, they can legally have the county sheriff auction off your assets. When one woman sued a debt collector over its practices, the company had the sheriff auction off her lawsuit as if it were an asset, bought it and then shut the lawsuit down. As noted at the link, if they win on appeal, this would be a get-out-of-jail free card for a lot of debt collectors.

•AT&T and Comcast are unsurprisingly fighting a Nashville legal change that would make it easier for Google Fiber to string cables across town.

•Aetna is dropping out of multiple Obamacare exchanges. Like a number of insurers it’s complaining there are too many sick people using the exchange, which is hurting profits. Which is, of course the paradox of insurance: they make better profits if people don’t use the service. Aetna has also said it can’t afford to stay on the exchange because the government is fighting a merger with Humana.

•Rudy Giulani wants you to know there were no Islamic terror attacks in the US before Obama. I’m sure the next time he wants to burnish his credentials as the 9/11 Mayor, he’ll switch back.

•Despite the complaints from Trump voters about trade deals and competition from immigrants, most of them haven’t suffered because of those things.

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