Bret Easton Ellis was one of the first sacrificial offerings to the gods of cancel culture. His best-known novel, American Psycho, about a misogynistic Wall Street banker-cum-murderer, caused outrage before it was even published 30 years ago.
A media storm ensued after excerpts from the book, in which the protagonist mutilates women, were made public. Ellis was accused of the same misogyny as his character. In a sign of things to come Ellis’s publisher apologized for “an error of judgment” and dropped American Psycho.