American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis has slammed CBS sitcoms Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, dismissing them as ‘crap’.
After his rant about gay actor Matt Bomer, Ellis began tweeting about gay actors playing straight characters on television.
‘Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother – central joke being that he’s a gay actor playing a womanizer,’ he said.
‘Why not cast Jason Segal in the Neil Patrick Harris role in How I Met Your Mother? The meta-joke is that Harris is openly gay. Lame…’
He added: ‘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?
"Look, I like Neil Patrick Harris especially when he’s hosting The Tonys but How I Met Your Mother is, like all CBS sitcoms, a piece of crap.’
Ellis also referenced fellow CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which stars the openly gay Jim Parsons as asexual Sheldon Cooper, calling it ‘terrible’.
He said: ‘And please don’t get me started on the gay The Big Bang Theory – I’m too tired to go there. Gayness personified.’
Discussing Modern Family, praised for its contemporary take on gay families, Ellis said if anyone thought it was progressive than they were a ‘retrograde tool’.
‘I’m not a homophobe. I’m a misanthrope,’ he argued. ‘I hate the way homosexuality is presented in our entertainment culture.’
The US novelist stirred up controversy this week when he claimed Magic Mike star Matt Bomer should not star in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie because he is openly gay.
Ellis has publicly expressed his desire to adapt the novel into a screenplay but confirmed that he is no longer in the running for the project.