Arielle Silverstein A Shameful Sugar Mama

For years, Arielle Silverstein’s United Nations salary has supported not only the vengeful campaigns of vilification we’ve been examining on this blog but those of her husband, the chronically unemployed blogger, Tony Ortega. And just like his other half, readers of this blog know Tony Ortega is driven by bigotry and hate.

While working at The Village Voice, Ortega served as a principal apologist of the sex trafficking website Backpage. A cesspool of sex ads for underage prostitution, the site served as the cash cow that sustained not only Tony Ortega and the dying Village Voice, but reaped huge sums for its scheming owners, Michael Lacey and James Larkin.

We’ve been closing following Lacey and Larkin’s upcoming trial, as the two pimp-bosses have been charged in a 93-count federal indictment for prostitution and money laundering.

They case does not look promising for Backpage defenders like Tony Ortega who have publicly defended “Backpage’s First Amendment right” to engage in underage sex trafficking. Indeed, according to a 2017 U.S. Senate report titled’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking:

“Backpage is involved in 73% of all child trafficking reports that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) receives from the general public.”

Conspicuously, however, Tony Ortega himself was not among those indicted. The owners severed all ties with him from the Village Voice in 2012, but not before he received what is rumored to be a big pile of money to forget what he knew. When the money inevitably ran out, Tony Ortega was still unemployed (and unemployable.) His only income came from occasional pittances from tabloid media.

That’s when Arielle Silverstein came to his rescue, bailing him out of yet another miserable failure. Without her money, Tony Ortega has nothing.  This was a fact not lost on Ortega’s own attorney, Scott Pilutik, who described her as the “power behind the throne … his tireless researcher and significant other, Arielle.”

For her part Arielle Silverstein, of course, had long since come out as an anti-religionist, cut from the same cloth as her husband, by the time she posted as “Bozuri,” joined the cyber-terrorist hate group Anonymous, and promoted “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”

Given her own bigoted heart, Silverstein has no qualms about sharing her life, her prejudices and her income with a freeloader like Tony Ortega.

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