The American writer Bret Easton Ellis has caused offence by likening the TV show Glee to "a puddle of HIV". Posting on his official Twitter account earlier this week, the writer claimed that he finds watching the Fox sitcom to be uncomfortable.
The comments appeared earlier this week on the American Psycho and Less Than Zero author's Twitter page.
According to Digital Spy, he said: "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?"
Then, as the Advocate reported, the writer responded to criticism, thus: "No, I wasn't drunk last night. I was watching Chris Colfer singing, um, 'Le Jazz Hot' and felt like I had suddenly come down with the hivs [sic]."
Perez Hilton has waded in, saying: "As you can imagine, [Ellis has] gotten nothing but slack about it since the tweet went up from his followers and the medi.a [He] has no idea what this show has meant to the gay community, especially gay youths, or he wouldn't be so flippant to slice it down like this with such venom he's disguising as humor. Or even if he really is just trying to be funny, he's failing miserably."
This isn't the first time that Ellis has caused controversy with his remarks. Last year, he suggested that living in New York was responsible for his excessive use of drugs, claiming at the time that: "New York seemed to be a trigger... [We took] pretty much every drug. But mainly college-educated, white people drugs. Coke. Coke and wine, basically."