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My chat with Ross Mathews about shutting down Milo Yiannopoulos: ”The divine came through that day honey’

Ross Mathews isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight.

But he found himself the focus of unwanted attention last month when disgraced gay right wing journalist Milo Yiannopoulos tried to publicly shame him for being flamboyant.

Yiannopoulos had said: ‘I get emails from mothers sometimes and they say “My son is gay and I was terrified that he was going to turn into Ross Mathews.”‘

Mathews knew he had to respond publicly.

‘I thought about how proud I was that he chose me as the antithesis of him,’ Ross told me at last weekend’s Family Equality Council Impact Awards.

‘Then I thought, “I need the kids to hear my message and not his message.” So I went into my backyard. I didn’t talk to a publicist, I didn’t talk to anybody and I just kind of like said, “Ok, go!” I pushed record and I did one take and I thought I’ll put this out into the ether and hopefully the kids hear this and they did.’

Mathews had made this observation of Yiannopoulos in his video: ‘I guess he means that if you’re a bit flamboyant or different, you’re considered “less than.”’

Mathews, 37, gained fame more than 15 years ago as ‘Ross the Intern’ on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

He went on to become a regular panelist and sometimes guest host on Chelsea Lately and now is host of Hollywood Today Live and a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

His video response to Yiannopoulos went viral and has been viewed more than 2.7 million times since February 22.

‘When I saw those numbers go up like they did, I just felt such pride,’ Mathews says.

‘I’ve heard from a lot of people. I’m used to people knowing who I am and being nice. But now everywhere I go, a Starbucks or a mall, there’s somebody stopping me and thanking me.

‘I’ve read every single email, every single tweet and I’m so grateful. But it is not about me, it’s not why I made the video. I didn’t ask to be in this conversation and I don’t want it to be about me. I’m just glad that that message is getting out to the kids that they’re fine just the way they are.’

Asked how he came up with the words without preparation, Mathews says he just spoke from his heart.

‘The divine came through that day honey. Anyone who’s been there knows exactly what I was talking about.’

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  1. I have always loved ROSS because he has been his self since ‘day one’ and being his ‘true-authentic self’ has garnished a career that many wish they would even get half of. ROSS is just a ball of ‘beautiful energy’ and his positive stance and actually clapping back at Milo’s message is EPIC in so many ways because Milo needs to be shut down for him spewing hate every chance he gets and especially towards people in the community that he should at least try to be an active member of.
    You would think someone good-looking (Milo is gorgeous but so ugly on the inside) and who actually has so much presence about himself wouldn’t be so damn rude but he is.
    He is awful and I feel so bad for stating so but his actions for some time really seem like he is a bit off and that is sad for him.
    I never thought in a million years that there could be a gay-version of Charles Mansion but Milo might be up there and the sad part is he has no clue how destructive his words and his actions are.
    I saw this video game that he created or wanted to create with gay men being tossed and killed by ISIS-like members and my heart was broken.
    I saw a picture of him first and thought WOW he looks like a model and then I read the story underneath and I felt sick. He hates being gay so much that he gay-bashes every other minute of his existence and that is sad.
    ROSS on the other hand is just my hero!!!! I knew I loved him but I really love him for standing up for the guys and girls that feel different when they are meant to feel different for being themselves. I was one of those people that I’m fully aware of how I look and what I sound like but when other gay men (especially) remind me how gay I am or how gay I sound and how they aren’t attracted to ‘my kind’ it’s such a punch-to-the-gut. Everyone has their own taste and that is fine but sometimes it’s such a blow when your judge by people that should understand. When an ‘alleged’ straight guy doesn’t like me, I understand but when another gay men has a problem with me and it’s based off of nothing but his insecurities it sucks. I want to believe I don’t pay it any mind and ‘get my life’ and move on but its such a feeling that sometimes it’s hard to escape. ROSS made it a point to say something when he could have stayed quiet but I’m so proud of how he ‘boss’d up’ and let it be known that it’s okay to be YOU regardless of anything. ROSS is the kind of man I’m attracted too, a man that is confident and secure being himself and that theme is such a process but most of us on this planet are WORK IN PROGRESS

  2. March 18th, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    @Cool Curt, Ross Mathews is a hero to me too! He’s the definition of a real man who stands tall and proud.

    The other guy who’s name isn’t even worth mentioning is a pathetic loser who lacks the emotional and psychological maturity of an adult male.

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