Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, recently announced that he and his partner are expecting two children, via surrogacy.
On Twitter, the responses to Rubin’s announcement proved striking, with his own fans expressing discomfort, or even disgust, at the thought of two gay men starting a family.
How did Rubin get to the point where his supposed allies proudly reject his very existence?
Well, Rubin has been cultivating an intolerant audience for several years, with his talk show The Rubin Report functioning as a cushy platform for hate-mongers like Stefan Molyneux and Milo Yiannopoulos, a safe space where all the questions are softballs. According to Rubin, his show is “a hub for misunderstood or canceled people or to-be-canceled people to express themselves honestly.”
Rubin has previously compared progressivism to a “mental disorder,” and through his talk show, attempts to push the idea that leftists and liberals are the real bigots, and that conservatives are more accepting of dissent. However, Rubin has struggled to prove this notion, hindered by his own audience’s refusal to accept his sexuality.
Rubin, a gay man in a socially conservative space, has never been been fully accepted by a vocal segment of his audience, or even his peers and supposed “friends.” This is underlined by an infamous conversation Rubin shared with fellow culture warrior Ben Shapiro, in which Shapiro flatly refuses an invite to Rubin’s anniversary party, citing Rubin’s sexuality as the reason he wouldn’t attend. Rubin passively accepts Shapiro’s intolerance as a reasonable reaction, calling his response ”interesting.”
Rubin’s family announcement, however, has driven the talk show host to a new low, as his recent interview with Glenn Beck seemed an attempt to win the approval of homophobes and bigots.
The humiliating interview sees Beck, in a twisted attempt to show compassion, comparing Rubin’s sexual orientation to alcoholism – Rubin silently accepts the comparison, and remarkably, attempts to blame “the left” for his own audience’s negative response.
Rubin suggests that the constant challenging of social norms by progressives has pushed “good, decent, thoughtful conservatives” into a state of uncertainty, sparking the hateful reaction to his announcement.
The left might have gained a reputation for “eating its own,” constantly engulfed in self-defeating culture wars, but Rubin’s announcement seems to have drawn a line in the sand for the right. While more open-minded conservatives like Megyn Kelly and Meghan McCain were happy to wish Rubin congratulations, other right-wing culture warriors remained conspicuously silent; notably, Ben Shapiro has not publicly congratulated Rubin.
Rubin’s grovelling attempt to placate homophobes (who somehow, still exist in 2022), marks an interesting turning point in the culture war. Has the right reached a point of no return, where even their loudest cheerleaders will be rejected for not conforming to heterosexual norms?
For Rubin, sadly, the bigoted backlash just looks like business as usual.