Justin Wells is in charge of Carlson's entire Fox News empire. He's helped ramp up vitriol against LGBTQ people while rising higher still at News Corp.
This is pretty despicable. That gay men like Wells & Peter Theil could be complicit in the virulent hate, misinformation & propaganda that can (& does) actually get LGBTQ people murdered is hard to get one’s head around.
Theil has his wealth to shield him, but any other traditional targets of fascist rage are not paying attention to history if they think they can abet hate & violence toward their own people...& remain safe. White (straight) supremacy - when empowered - shows no loyalty, gratitude or mercy...& fascists & autocrats eventually get around to everyone - even their own inner circles - in their quest to oppress and destroy.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time”. Whatever his orientation, he is a hater and a force for evil. That’s really all we need to know.
Being in DC during the 80's and privy to the Reagan/Helms hatefest, I am at once encountering PTSD and Deja Vu. That someone like Wells works with F**ker Carlson registers as mildly surprising considering the likes of Thiel and Grenell. They all belong to the group "Settin' us all back". I am worried for the younger generation who don't connect the various dots and are blissfully ignorant until the violence hits close to home. Harvey Milk and you, Mr. Signorile taught us to turn the tables on our foes. Sans outing we need to locate the advertisers keeping the Faux News lights on and employ our weapons to bring down the Beast...
This is a great article, Michelangelo which goes to the deep hatred of self that people like Wells and Thiel present. I have known people like this for years going back to the ridiculous Log Cabin Republicans. How you can be a republicon or right wing fascist and be gay is beyond comprehension. I remember the head House Slave portrayed in Django Unchained who was played by Sam Jackson who had convinced himself that he was almost as powerful as the white master. What humans will do to justify their position of privilege is crazy. The sad fact is that they are wealthy, usually white men, who have the power to brutalize so many people.
Excellent reporting as always, Mike!
What a disgusting human being is this Wells man. I hope that he receives serious and damaging blow back.
I never cease to marvel at the ability of the human brain to work at cross-purposes with its own best interests. So what will Justin Wells do when America turns into Gilead and the good White Conservative heterosexual Christians who run things start hanging anyone who's LGBTQ on walls? Will he be applauding up to the time he's strung up...or will he finally realize that he's been on the wrong side all along and has been a traitor to his community?
Either he has no conscience or he has the morality of a snake. How someone can feed the fire of hatred against people like himself is difficult if not impossible to imagine. I can only hope there's a reserved parking space waiting for him in Hell.
Craig....you replied , negatively,to my comment where I referred to the Wells guy as being "disgusting". Your comment implied that I was solely influenced by Michelangelo's reporting on Wells's power & influence via the Tucker Fox show. I also noticed that I received an email that contained your comment, but your comment has disappeared from this comment section, not sure if it was an editorial deletion or your own deletion.. Let me be very clear, I have followed Michelangelo's show & writings for a very long period, and he is not only a first class journalist & opinion writer but a highly principled gay man. I am retired from the TV business and understand,at first hand, the ways & machinations of the TV world. Wells is a powerful influencer on the Tucker show, he is also a gay man in a relationship of some length. Well's behavior is beyond "disgusting", you, Craig, have no understanding of the history of the LBTQ+ community, and the hate, discrimination, and violence that has been politically & specifically aimed at this community, and their ongoing fight against intolerance & damaging political policies , may I suggest you read up on this history(Michelangelo's writings would be a good start).The rhetoric that Wells's has allowed & approved for broadcasting via the Tucker show has "inspired", hate, violence, discrimination and political weaponizing against a group that simply wants to be treated as equal citizens of this country. Simply put, any member of the LBTQ+ community who uses their power & money to further the hate mongering against this community should be labeled as "evil" intent. Too many LBTQ+ members have died because of decades of hate propaganda and fake "religious" rights.
Justin Wells sounds like he might very well be the Roy Cohn of his generation. He is most definitely just as dangerous as Cohn was during the McCarthy era, if not more so. He needs to be prevented from promoting more violent hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community in his very active role as the executive producer of Tucker Carlson’s hate mongering show.
Michelangelo, thank you for this revelation. It is shocking and sickening, but it doesn’t surprise me. You write that Wells is attacking “his own community,” but in his twisted, cruel, and very much Republican mind-set, he doesn’t think this way. He, and others like the “Gays against Groomers”, don’t consider transgender people as part of their community. You would think that those, like Wells, who have a sexual orientation different from the majority, would easily empathize with the natural feelings of those who have a gender identity that is different from the majority. But they don’t. Gay Republicans would be major homophobes if it wasn’t for the pesky fact that they’re gay. But at least they can join the war against trans folks, because they are cis.
These days, Tucker and Laura Ingraham explicitly avoid attacking gay men and women, even as they double down on the Fox News war against all things trans. It’s a huge distinction in their minds - separating the demonization of the trans community (and gender-affirming procedures like puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and surgery), from their relative silence on gays. But of course, the haters don’t make any distinction between LGB and T. As you point out, when a deranged killer motivated by Fox News fear-mongering against “groomers” shoots up a gay bar, all patrons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are in the crosshairs.
Wells is deplorable and disgusting! He has shown himself to be so timid and self-loathing that he can’t even stand up and fight for the people of the community he is a part of! He would rather ride the money train and sell out his own kind! Despicable! The irony is thatI it is other progressives who are out here fighting for the rights and freedoms Wells now enjoys daily and takes for granted. Little does he realize that he could lose his right to exist if the white supremisists like Nick Fuentes acquire the power they are seeking and that his money may not protect him! Just an awful human being!
Men like Tucker's gay enabler are pathologically phallocentric & they regard the G🍆P as the champions of the masculinity, patriarchy & male privilege that underpin all fascist movements. Nothing new. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-strange-strange-story_b_136697/amp
Looks like a continuation of the GOP’s perverted “Southern Strategy” that included Lee Atwater and Arthur Finkelstein! Why do they do it? It works so well when “grooming” their conservative base to vote Republican!
Michael, another excellent commentary from YOU on the crap we minorities have to stomach in this messed up world we live in. I just had to tell you that as I read some of the negativity from some bone-head detractors in this comment stream. Michael you are the best, YOU keep doing what you DO, I applaud YOU !!!
Michael, this Justin Wells is ONE despicable piece-of-shit, I am Black & Gay, and I loathe folks like Kanye West (well not him so much, I think this dude has 'Mental Issues'), Candace Owen, Omarosa, Hershal Walker, etc. and now this gay boy Justin Wells. They are all devils who will sell their dignity, self-respect & Integrity for a dollar - DISGUSTING !!!
There has never been a better example to describe HYPOCRITE. A gay man producing that hate garbage that has now emboldened or even caused two mass shootings: first in Buffalo after his ridiculous “critical race theory” rantings and now violence against the LGBTQ community over his groomer and child mutilation nonsense. This gay man has blood on his hands of members of his own community at a bar where he himself took refuge for safety to express himself freely. 😡