- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

American novelist Chuck Palahniuk says the term “snowflake” originated in his award-winning novel “Fight Club” before it was appropriated by conservatives to disparage the “easily offended” left.

“It does come from ‘Fight Club,’” Mr. Palahniuk told The Evening Standard on the phone from his home in Oregon. “There is a line, ‘You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.’”

Actor Brad Pitt spoke the infamous line as character Tyler Durden in David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation of the novel. The term “snowflake” has since been popularized in politics, particularly since President Trump’s rise to power, as an insult to younger generations and particularly liberals. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway recently argued that American universities are doing students a disservice by “treating these adolescents and these millennials like precious snowflakes.”

“There is a kind of new Victorianism,” Mr. Palahniuk added. “Every generation gets offended by different things but my friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended.”

The author said the problem is with the left, not the right.

“The modern left is always reacting to things,” he told The Standard. “Once they get their show on the road culturally they will stop being so offended.”

“That’s just my bulls—t opinion,” he added.

Mr. Palahniuk refused to say whether he thinks people are too easily offended by Mr. Trump.

“I’m going to pass on that one,” he said.

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