Quotable: Bret Easton Ellis Isn’t Down With Female Directors

“There’s something about the medium of film itself that I think requires the male gaze. We’re watching, and we’re aroused by looking, whereas I don’t think women respond that way to films, just because of how they’re built. … Is there a reason that there isn’t a female Hitchcock or a female Scorsese or a female Spielberg? I don’t know. I think it’s a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male sensibility. I mean, the best art is made under not an indifference to, but a neutrality [toward] the kind of emotionalism that I think can be a trap for women directors.”

—Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho, losing a little respect as he argues that women don’t make great film directors. Hey, you did get the memo about Kathryn Bigelow, right? [Newser]