Now part of common parlance when referring to the overly-sensitive, easily-outraged, excessively-entitled Left, we read with particular enjoyment - for obvious reasons - that when London's Evening Standard asked Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk about the popularisation of the term, he responded "It does come from Fight Club. There is a line, ‘You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.’”
For those who are inexplicably unfamiliar, in Fight Club Tyler Durden leads a generation of emasculated men to rediscover their inner strength by beating the hell out of each other. Two decades later, Palahniuk sees the modern generation as delicate flowers more than ever. “There is a kind of new Victorianism,” he said.
“Every generation gets offended by different things but my friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended.”
Now snowflakes have blown across the Atlantic and entered into British parlance. Last week, Boris Johnson warned François Hollande not to administer “punishment beatings” in the Brexit negotiations. His old friend Michael Gove piled in, saying those offended were “deliberately obtuse snowflakes”. And the term has already been re-appropriated by its targets: at the Women’s March in London on Saturday were signs with slogans such as “Damn right we’re snowflakes: Winter is coming”.
Chuck says this is a problem with the Left, not the Right.
“The modern Left is always reacting to things,” he opined.
“Once they get their show on the road culturally they will stop being so offended.”
He added self-effacingly: “That’s just my bulls**t opinion.”
And now you know.