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  1. Walter says

    Oh Andy — it is your blog and I am sure his death is sad.

    But the sick message you are reinforcing is not good — the constant focus on the shallow obsession on external looks just part of the very widespread narcissistic personality disorder that the gay community lives under and with.

    Given your background and circle it does not surprise.

    May the young man rest in peace.

  2. david in iowa says

    WTF? we are taking bitchy pot shots at reporting the news.

    This is the same blog that works 24/7 to repeal DADT, raise funds for AIDS, worked to repeal prop 8, supports almost any effort that involves helping gay youth and on and on. Jesus christ you gay bitches, take a midol

  3. Ben says

    Sour Walter’s comment is way off base. First, if he really believes his criticism of this blog, why is he reading it? Second, I like the mix of different kinds of news. That’s what keeps Towleroad interesting.

  4. nic says

    anytime a young vital man or woman dies, it is a shame. grief is expected. especially, if he or she is beautiful. that is the human response to tragedy. why should we be coy about that? due to the bush/cheney “war” on iraq, we have lost a lot of young men and women. at least they died for a perceived just cause. for young Ambrose to die at his prime makes me sad.

    “how do you like your blue-eyed boy mr death?”

  5. veg says

    While it is crude to make the point on the eve of a young man death, Walter makes a good case regarding the superficial focus on looks of the young, white, thin gay male sort. This and many other gay blogs over-focus on this without showing Asian beauty, older beauty, or African beauty, for example. Gay men, of course, come in all beautiful sizes, colors, ages, and shapes. It helps to focus on a wide spectrum of our beauties.

    With that said, I’m sorry that anyone of any age has died (unless they genuinely wanted to take their life and unless they are a child molester or heinous criminal).

  6. Walter says

    I read and like the blog — it is just pathetic that the need to report on this man’s death is based on his looks.

    It is a shallow pathetic statement on the value system of the blogger and many gay men.

    Andy does great work — but his obsession with models is sad. I suspect Mr. Towle puts a great deal of worth on looks based on his endless fascination with them.

    Of course it is fine he plays to his readers for his and if he said this young man was a friend – I could understand.

    But — reporting someone died just because they are young and pretty.

    That is pretty vacant.

  7. Reggie says

    I will never understand why people who continually visit a blog will post a disrespectful dig at the host. What is this “given your background and circle” line? If the person is “not surprised” by Andy’s history, and the items he chooses to post on his blog… then kindly leave. No one is begging anyone to stay. We who value the site, and Andy, and his “backrground and circle” would want no change in our host. And if it ever came to the point where I changed MY feelings about this site, or Andy, I would quietly leave.

  8. Jensen53 says

    I think Walter’s point is valid. This man’s death is a tragedy but is it more newsworthy than anyone else’s death?

    Was he well known? Did he make an exceptional contribution? Was he a friend of the writer or business associate?

    If his death is being reported just because he’s handsome then there’s a reason to raise an eyebrow. That begs the question of how life is valued and recognized.

    Blogs can be personal, professional, and mixture of the two. Asking a question about why something was posted isn’t invalid.

  9. veg says

    REGGIE:

    It helps to have a diversity of views on someone’s site. Andy’s blog is very good but it is not PERFECT. He can take criticism or he wouldn’t have an open comment policy.

    His blog does wonderful things. It is also sometimes (just a bit) a victim of a Chelsea-mentality–superficial focus on looks and not a lot of attention to POSITIVE news about Asian or black gays of color (but lots of negative news about LGBT-of-color who die of hate crimes or who are homophobic).

    So, like all good news papers, this blog deserves an occasional “letter to the editor” with a contrary view of criticism.

  10. Lexxvs says

    I thought that apparently the news was that yet another model died of overdose -or something like that, don’t know- not that peopple would star bitching about everything, anything. I mean, the model it’s an excuse for exposing how unhappiness make you bitchy.

  11. daftpunkydavid says

    i won’t say how he died, because maybe the family doesn’t want to spread the news yet, but anyhow, this is really unfortunate. he was so young and with a bright future; this saddens and devastates his friends.

  12. Taylor says

    A blog does not have to be all things to all people. Don’t like it…don’t read it. Don’t like pictures of pretty boys…scroll past them.

    Are we supposed to take the inference that Andy is shallow, pathetic, and vacant because he posted about a models death to be a valid criticism of this blog?

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

  13. Aaron says

    “Jesus God in Heaven, why’d you have to kill such hot snatch? … It’s a joke, man. Jeeze, people are so serious.”
    — Ram Sweeney, “Heathers”

  14. HarleyGirl says

    I think its truly vial for all of you to first of all take pot shots at the writer but also to be so disrespectful on an RIP blog for a beautiful young man. Just because he was a model doesnt mean that he didnt have friends or family or that he wasnt loved! What is wrong with people today? And what is wrong with you people who think you have a right to speak out just because he was a beautiful man?

  15. Peter says

    Taylor–the point Walter is making is that Andy *regularly* posts about male models. There always seems to be a flavor of the month he’s obsessed with.

  16. Jim says

    Gee – I came to this comments section, which I rarely do, just to see what people said about a 24 year old’s death, having recently lost a dear friend at a young age. I thought it might give me a little insight, or comfort with the grief I have been feeling.

    Instead, I am treated to an inane debate about the importance of a fashion model’s death as opposed to a “normal” person, and the blog host’s alleged obsession with male models.

    Towleroad is a great blog – informative, interesting, and up to the minute with all kinds of information. I visit here every day before I visit the New York Times. It’s a lot more relatable to my own life. The fact that Andy posts pictures of cute guys is a) a nice bonus and b) increases traffic to the site. Since I have not met Andy, I know nothing of his motivations, and am not qualified to judge them. Neither should anyone else.

    A man died way too young, Andy thought to post about it, and all some people can do is project their own pathetic hangups about obsession with male beauty in the gay community. I have news – straight men are no strangers to obsessing about female beauty, either.

    May this kid rest in peace, and may gay men lighten up about the young and hot, who are always going to get attention no matter what.

  17. Walter says

    Thanks for those with the smarts to understand my concern about the posting.

    Shame on all those who feel they need to worship at the alter of any blogger — not me buddy, no matter how square the jaw or how well connected to cash and influence.

    Mr. Towle does a great job. Bravo.
    But he is not above reproach just because he blogs.

    Andy comes from a circle of men who at their core are liberal elitists.

    P town/Fire Island/Manhattan –
    Sorry but true.

    And time to time those of us who do not place increased value on those with money, power and model-like features need to speak out when that crowd steps out of line — to keep vulgar displays of poor behavior at a minimum.

  18. Paul R says

    Add me to those sickened by the carping about this post. If you bitch about this story, all it suggests is that you’re ugly inside and out. Which isn’t a crime, but don’t go attacking someone else’s death when you know nothing about them.

  19. Tom A. says

    His death IS new for towleroad since this person had been previously highlighted on this blog. Unlike most of the rest of us!

    It’s not beacause he was young and thin and white as much as it was his history on towleroad.

  20. Tasty Vittles says

    Q. Are we supposed to take the inference that Andy is shallow, pathetic, and vacant because he posted about a models death to be a valid criticism of this blog?

    Y. YES = but only as part of the larger criticism of what passes for gay society.

  21. Tasty Vittles says

    Tom A.

    And why does he have a history on the blog at all ??

    Because of the blogger’s fascination with Madison Avenue beauty standards — which are used by designers/corporations to make people feel inferior and then buy products to masks those feelings.

    There was a time when being a part of that plan was not looked at kindly — Andy wants this same fashion crowd to advertise on his blog — but why endless stories on models and then posting now on their deaths – as if they did something important by modeling for clothing lines. HUMPF !

  22. Tasty Vittles says

    HarleyGirl —

    First it is spelled vile not vial. LOL

    Second nobody said squat about the deceased.

    Third is it stupid to care more about models than about others — they are just people who photograph well … and choose to make that their work out of selfish needs no matter the cost to society.

    OOPS said something negative about models and one of them died.

  23. Dego says

    @Walter:

    Andy reported on Simmie and Denise Williams’ sad and premature deaths at the times they happened.

    Here:
    http://www.towleroad.com/jamie_pedersen/
    Here:
    http://www.towleroad.com/2008/03/simmie-williams.html
    and here:
    http://www.towleroad.com/2008/02/gay-florida-tee.html

    So your critical example could have been better chosen.

    Out of curiosity, do you snipe and bitch about the gratuitous hetero-athlete beefcake and Male-model cheesecake that is also posted on Rod2.0? A quick search I made of that site found none. But I guess you could use a different handle there, like I do. If not, I’d say that makes you look like a hypocrite.

    Unless you care to share with us what your *real* complaint about this post is… Other than this unfortunate young man’s short life having presumably been lived among other pretty, wealthy, white folks.

    Because not only are they not valid concerns for newsworthiness, we don’t know them to be true; and I doubt you do .

  24. Reality Check says

    People get the society they deserve — based on those “defending Andy” without any sense of shame about models being worshiped – well you get the news and blog you deserve.

  25. says

    I was going to post something about the previous comments…..but it’s all too pathetic.
    Mr.Olson may have had a boyfriend/girlfriend, family, other friends who feel his loss deeply.
    Whether or not, there’s a lot of years that could have been ahead of him that’s what is so sad…..he doesn’t deserve the off stage chorus above.

    PS: this blog is read in parts of the world much further away than P’town/Fire Island/Manhattan……and I don’t think we’re elitist……Liberals , certainly ! But then that word is much abused in USA.

  26. Mrs Partick Campbell says

    Has there been any verificatia on the young man’s sizemeat?

    I am interested to know if he was uncut? Was he straight? or did he go for the stinkfish?

    TIA!

  27. Mossy says

    PLEASE leave Mr. Towle alone. His blog is essential AND if a gorgeous model, front and center. in many campaigns that ALSO attract a gay clientele….DIES….it is news. ALL the fuss in the past about Verushka, Iman,Gia,Kathy Ireland,Kate Moss,David Lachapelle, the meanderings of Mr. Bensimon,Scavullo’s death,Horst’s homosexuality and on and on are of interest why shoot this one down? Naive, unwordly,angry,narrow minded,shallow,callous,
    insensitive and uniformed people BE QUIET

  28. Taylor says

    @Walter

    “And time to time those of us who do not place increased value on those with money, power and model-like features need to speak out when that crowd steps out of line — to keep vulgar displays of poor behavior at a minimum.”

    It would be nice if you could come up with a vulgar display of poor behavior, before you actually chastise someone for supposedly displaying it.

    No matter what you may think…the posting of this obit was in no way poor behavior…let alone vulgar.

    Your post are loaded with hyperbole. Better to say, you don’t like pretty rich people or the people that do and leave it at that.

  29. veg says

    In the end it’s okay to have a blog with DIVERSE views in the comments section.

    Andy can obviously take the criticism.

    We need more people who will critique some gay men’s (and some people’s) over-emphasis on narrow standards of predominately white, thin youthfulness. This is a GOOD critique, not a bad one.

    It’s also good that the critique is made WITHIN a powerful blog from a white gay man who has strong ties to many other mainstream gay journalists and activists. This is where the criticism belongs.

  30. says

    RIP Kid.

    I have a feeling Andy can take criticism (I’ve done my fair share). I think that Towleroad is the best place online to read the comments section. I have learned so much from regular commenters here over the two years that I have been a regular reader.

    I also think that we should praise when Towleroad does something especially worthy. Not just activist stuff either. Andy (or whomever the Geek on staff is) gives us some crazy cool science stuff that you don’t see on other Gay blogs.

    Could it be better? Yup.

    So could I and so could you.

  31. BD says

    I don’t agree with Walter, but I do contest the idea this is news. If Cindy Crawford died, it might be news. This is a model I doubt anyone has heard of. That’s like saying, the teller at my bank who is cute died…not news. At least not news most of the world cares about.

    I’m all of shallow photos of men on here, don’t get me wrong. But let’s not mistake it for news.

  32. Regis says

    My first reaction to this post:

    MODEL AMBROSE OLSEN DIES AT 24

    ~Who?

    *scrolls down to read some more*

    …successful fashion model…Armani Exchange…Luis Vuitton…no details…

    *shrug*

    continued scrolling down for the funny youtube clips.

  33. michael says

    Andy Towle — keep doing what you’re doing — that’s why we read your blog voraciously. And to the ones who feel that they need to keep Andy “in check”: check yourself first.

  34. telly says

    “if a gorgeous model, front and center in many campaigns that ALSO attract a gay clientele….DIES….it is news”

    this must be the stupidest thing written on Towleroad for quite some time – sad to think the writer lives in such a fantasy world

    RIP Ambrose

  35. Rob West says

    It is sad when someone dies a 24. His beauty was amazing.
    It’s some of the comments here that are ugly, yes beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is……….you know the rest.

  36. 2 cents says

    why is being photogenic such a subject of derision? it’s not like it’s a choice, either you are or you’re not. it’s a talent one’s born with, like flexibility or to play music by ear. if i could make a good living by being photographed (CAN’T!), why wouldn’t i? i’m sure this guy had other talents & qualities that we aren’t aware of, likely because of his youth–he had a few years ahead of him to try other avenues. we all respond to beauty (some of us virulently, clearly) & it makes the world an easier place to be in. every time i see a photo of the lovely Jackie Beat, my heart skips a beat & i hear birds sing! very sorry to hear this photogenic young man has left us; thanks for posting, Andy. if you made it this far, thanks for reading.

  37. John in Boston says

    Drugs. And stop deluding yourself; Mr. Olsen wouldn’t have so much as given 99% of the posters on this board the time of day in life. His profession, and the people who populate it in front of and behind the camera, are OVERWHELMINGLY aholes.

    It’s a cold world and the people at the top of any profession, especially ‘Glamorous’ ones like modeling, acting, arts, etc., are MOST of the time aholes. It goes with the territory.

  38. 2 cents says

    why is being photogenic such a subject of derision? it’s not like it’s a choice, either you are or you’re not. it’s a talent one’s born with, like flexibility or to play music by ear. if i could make a good living by being photographed (CAN’T!), why wouldn’t i? i’m sure this guy had other talents & qualities that we weren’t aware of & he was still young, he had a few years ahead of him to try other avenues. we all respond to beauty (some of us virulently, clearly) & it makes the world an easier place to be in. every time i see a photo of the lovely Jackie Beat, my heart skips a beat & i hear birds sing! very sorry to hear this photogenic young man has left us; thanks for posting, Andy.

  39. 2 cents says

    why is being photogenic such a subject of derision? it’s not like it’s a choice, either you are or you’re not. it’s a talent one’s born with, like flexibility or to play music by ear. if i could make a good living by being photographed (CAN’T!), why wouldn’t i? i’m sure this guy had other talents & qualities that we weren’t aware of, & he was young & had a few years ahead of him to try other avenues. we all respond to beauty (some of us virulently, clearly) & it makes the world an easier place to be in. every time i see a photo of the lovely Jackie Beat, my heart skips a beat & i hear birds sing! very sorry to hear this photogenic young man has left us; thanks for posting, Andy.

  40. John in Boston says

    NO ONE would deny he was a beautiful looking dude. I appreciate his physical beauty, and don’t in some perverse way fault him for that! He was blessed and more power to others like him!

    My point was he was involved in a notoriously sleazy profession and generally it’s not good enough just being cream to float to the top. His profession also has substance ABUSE issues of epic proportions. I doubt there’s a professional model alive (or dead) at his level who isn’t, or wasn’t, a substance abuser. And MANY suicides have their genesis in the physiological effects of substance abuse.

  41. Mr. S says

    I can’t believe the level of disrespect in the comments! This post is about a young person that tragically lost his life, and some of you are making jokes while others are questioning if this was news-worthy? Have some decency and respect.

    If you don’t like this piece of news, keep reading and move on.

    Is this model’s life more important than anyone else’s just because he was pretty? Absolutely not. But it is more newsworthy, because chances are most of us have either heard of him or seen his work somewhere.

    What I find tragic about this story is that this was a young man felt the need to (allegedly) take his own life. And older person dying of natural causes is hardly unexpected, so while still sad, it’s different. I think this story is not superficial at all, in fact, I think there is a bigger issue behind this. Perhaps he too was gay, or just misunderstood, despite his success and career. And the tragic thing is that whatever his issues were, he felt he had no other choice but to kill himself. That’s a sign of a much bigger issue in our society.

    So again, show your respect.

  42. John in Boston says

    Mr. Olsen WAS GAY. Again, chances are REALLY good DRUGS were involved in altering his mood to the extent he wanted to kill himself.

    Ditto Alexander McQueen; he had cocaine and sedatives in his system. I’ll bet McQueen’s main problem was substance abuse more than anything else.

  43. Marco says

    This death is mysterious?!

    Not his death is not surprising, I just want to know how Ambrose Olson is dead!

    Off course, now the media care and fashion industry too but both of them did care more about Kate Moss and her cocaine supposed abuses!

    What a crazy world!

  44. Marco says

    Don’t tell me in this world, things go fast!

    People do bad things and I am sure so people killed Ambrose Olsen for no reason!

    Ambrose Olsen’s career in fashion was just beginning and he should be millionnaire and alive ( and why not billionnaire ) right now if cowards were not jealous and crying for nothing, nothing that they deserve!

    Ambrose Olsen survived H5N1 and H1N1, why Ambrose would have committed suicide? Doesn’t he have good friends by his side, anytime he wanted?!

    All I remember is that few people wanted to boycott Armani products because he was too handsome and the model of the 2007’s Armani ads, all of that was before the crisis of course and when Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett were both still alive! And when Sandra Bullock was still married!

    Did I forget any details?!

    Please tell me, cause I want to know.

  45. Marco says

    I am not surprised that Ambrose Olsen died but I don’t know how!

    I understood when Alexander Mc Queen had died just few weeks ago that I should have tried to talk with Ambrose Olsen on Facebook but now there is a police investigation I got no regrets to not have been ones of the last persons to have tried to talk to him and asked Ambrose to be one of his Facebook’ friends – as I didn’t know his email.

    Now, I guess I would have been one possible SUSPECT!

    OMG, I was very inspired that day to not create my Facebook’s profil to contact Ambrose Olsen!

    It is really sad to not have been able to talk to Ambrose Olsen just because of the fear to be involved in the possible murder of the most famous top model of the year 2007!

  46. Marco says

    There is no doubt that the death of Ambrose Olsen is a real drama!

    But I want to know how he is dead!

    People love men beauty, and maybe too much that is why some hot men die or commit suicide!

    I want to know how Ambrose Olsen died in his penthouse of New York City or in his loft or in his flat!!!!! Not because I am curious but because I was pretty sure that his life was in danger and I didn’t know how to talk to Ambrose Olsen about my fears and feelings without frightening him and without being involved into his death ( his murder ) one way or another and consequently to have to justify myself to the U.S justice someday possibly as Ambrose Olsen was american!!

    All I can say, right now, is that my feelings about Ambrose Olsen were right: I didn’t make any mistake sadly! I would have prefered to be all wrong about him!

    I was absolutely not obsessed by Ambrose Olsen’s beauty and body even if Ambrose Oslen was more than handsome and muscled!

  47. chuckfll says

    Jesus Christ, what a bunch of cold, bitter, vicious queens….You know who you are…As a group, we worship beauty over ugly routinely. From all the references to him one thing is clear…A lot of people loved him..Not just his “pretty face”.
    Are all these folks shallow, empty headed jerks who just worshipped his “pretty face”?

    http://homernews.com/stories/050510/obits_aro.shtml,

    According to Wikipedia, he was not just another “pretty boy”.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Olsen

    Also, did I just miss all the same cold, snide comments to the story on him over at Huffington Post?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/27/ambrose-olsen-dead-male-m_n_553484.html

    Bottom line…Cut the poor kid some slack. You may lose someone you love someday. See how you would feel if people said the same things about them.
    Thanks.

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