When gay internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos resigned as senior editor at Breitbart earlier this week during a press conference, he offhandedly mentioned comedian Ross Mathews, claiming he gets letters from parents thanking him for being a role model their gay sons can look up to, so they "won't end up like Ross Mathews." It appeared to be a dig at Mathews for being flamboyant. Meanwhile, Yiannopoulos's resignation came on the heels of a leaked video where he seemed to condone pedophilia.
Mathews -- who had his own E! talk show, judged RuPaul's Drag Race, hosted Hollywood Today Live, and recently launched the website HollywoodHoller.com -- spoke with The Advocate about his epic Facebook response to Yiannopoulos (see below), which has been viewed over 1 million times.
"Usually I wouldn't respond to someone who made comments like this," Mathews says, "but because of his platform, I wanted to respond on behalf of anyone who has ever felt different or been treated less than just because of who they are. The kids need to know that they're worthy of love. If anyone ever doubts that, just watch this video and know that I love you."
In the video, Mathews said, "My response is not about me. ... I am proud to be the antithesis of whatever that guy [Milo] is. Whatever he is not, I want my face on that poster." He added that when he was a kid, he didn't have many people on TV like him he could look up to.
Knowing he can be an example for kids across the world who don't have positive role models is what drives him most, he went on to say, "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."
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