Ezra Klein’s Awesome New Website Vox Hires Awesome New Gay Writer Who Doesn’t Actually Like Gays

Ezra Klein's Awesome New Website Vox Hires Awesome New Gay Writer Who Doesn't Actually Like Gays

We’re feeling like Ezra Klein’s exciting new media venture is just an elaborate trolling of the internet. First there was the terrible launch video and the tone deaf post explaining how you’re too dumb to understand the news. Now we’ve got gay-hating gay dude Brandon Ambrosino coming aboard, presumably to fill the gay slot. Heh.


No, really, do you know about this dude Ambrosino? He is, as your mother would probably say, a piece of work.

Time magazine gave him space to call gays the real bigots for piling on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who had equated homosexuality with bestiality and said gays weren’t going to heaven (still, Ambrosino says he wouldn’t mind going fishing with the guy). At The Atlantic, Ambrosino threw his hat in the ring for the founder of his alma mater, who blamed September 11 on gays and accused them of trying to “recruit” children; Ambrosino says liberals like Bill Maher have slandered the Moral Majority founder and says, in Falwell’s defense, that the guy with the “big fat smile” probably wouldn’t have had him stoned to death if he’d known about Ambrosino’s sexuality.

That is the largest pile of bullshit contrarian clickbait that we have seen in a while, people! This guy’s entire schtick is that he’ll whore himself out under pretty much any counterintuitive Slatepitch rubric ever, just for the lulz and the clicks. Need a gay who doesn’t go to Pride and slams gays who choose to be flamboyant high-heel wearing bits of fabulous? Call Brandon. Want a gay who will comfort you and hold your little bigoted hand and say “there, there, you’re not a homophobe” when you oppose gay marriage? Put Brandon on speed dial. Generally hate the gays but need a gay writer to wave around to magically proclaim you are pro-gay? Hellloooooo Brandon.

Ambrosino’s gay contrarianism has won him a loyal base of right-wing fans – including Glenn Beck, Breitbart News, and TownHall.com – all of whom have lauded Ambrosino’s work.

So this guy now has a fellowship or is a fellow or whatever they are calling it over at Vox, largely because Ezra Klein doesn’t really seem to understand what he’s doing or who he is hiring for his multimillion dollar empire.

So the big question: Why has a string of editors, culminating with Klein, given this guy a platform? In an interview on Wednesday evening, Klein told me he hadn’t read the pieces that had kicked up so much dust before bringing Ambrosino on but did so once he began facing criticism for the hire. “I don’t want to pretend that I have the context and the background to perfectly or authoritatively judge this debate,” Klein said. “But when I read his pieces, I didn’t come away with the impression that he holds an iota of homophobia.” “Homophobia”—which activists too often use as shorthand to describe anti-gay views that don’t necessarily stem from fear—may be the wrong word for it. But even a cursory read through Ambrosino’s writings should raise red flags. Klein, though, seems mystified by the blowback. He acknowledges that he is new to the process of staffing an enterprise like Vox. “I gotta be honest,” he said. “With a lot of this stuff, I’m trying to figure out what success means.”

Sigh. Success, for Ezra, means “people will keep giving me money for my nonsense venture, particularly if I hire someone conservatives like.” Also, homophobia, for Ezra, seems to mean only “getting your skull beat in with a tire iron” because apparently digging on gay bigots, being cool with hating gay marriage, and loving the vitriolically bigoted proclamations of one Mr. Jerry Falwell don’t add up to homophobia in his — or Brandon’s — book.


If this is how the new fiber-rich exciting new media that is Vox works, it’s going to need more better gay vegetables.

[American Prospect/Atlantic/Baltimore Sun/Media Matters]

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