WATCH: Ross Mathews responds brilliantly to Milo Yiannopoulos’ attempt to shame his flamboyance
Television personality Ross Mathews won’t be shamed for being his flamboyant self – thank God.
During a press conference this week after his resignation from Breitbart News, disgraced gay right wing journalist Milo Yiannopoulos 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, a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, has responded with a classy Facebook video taking on Yiannopoulos’ unkind remark.
‘I guess he means that if you’re a bit flamboyant or different, you’re considered “less than,”’ Mathews observed.
‘My response is not about me … I am proud to be the antithesis of whatever that guy is. Whatever he is not, I want my face on that poster. … I am loud and unapologetically myself and proud and 100% who I am. And I preach that – preach loving every part of you.’
But Mathews doesn’t want anyone – especially flamboyant kids – to take what Yiannopoulos had to say to heart.
‘I’m afraid that the kids like me out there now will see his message and not my message. So I want every kid out there who is different, who feels different, who knows that they’re different to know that that’s good.’
Being different has led to a very successful career for Mathews who gained fame more than 15 years ago as ‘Ross the Intern’ on NBC’s The Tonight Show.
Then-host Jay Leno began sending Matthews out to red carpet events with hilarious results.
The gig lasted for more than a decade and many other TV jobs followed including his current one as host of Hollywood Today Live and as part of E! Network’s red carpet team.
As for Yiannopoulos, his professional prospects are not as rosy since a video surfaced of a 2016 episode of a podcast in which he seems to endorse clerical abuse and underage sex.
In addition to losing his job at Breitbart, he also lost a book deal with Simon & Shuster and disinvited to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland.