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Bret Easton Ellis Profusely Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow Over Sexist “Zero Dark Thirty” Tweet

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist December 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.
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Kathryn Bigelow Bret Easton Ellis

After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.

After a terse month of constant revision and explanation of his original sexist tweet toward Bigelow, which considered her “a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man,” and as “a very hot woman really overrated,” Ellis has now finally offered up a lengthy apology via The Daily Beast. In his four-page explanation, the author constructs a timeline of his Tweets surrounding the incident, relating how his Twitter presence maintains a more provocative stance than what he really feels, and then realizing that his account “goes beyond douchiness into another more insensitive realm.”

Beyond reiterating the apology to Bigelow over “Zero Dark Thirty” -- a film, Ellis admits, he hasn't actually seen -- he continues on into the reasons for his animosity toward the director's filmography, all while failing to address the stranger and more pertinent aspects of his own career, namely the actual intention of his penned James Deen/Lindsey Lohan drama “The Canyons.” Even so, Ellis says he's planning “a bit of a break from Twitter” over the holidays to see Bigelow's film, so check his apology out now to determine whether it inspires anger or a diffident shrug.

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