Diver Tom Daley Receives Social Media Backlash for Coming Out
British Olympic bronze metal-winning diver Tom Daley made international headlines Monday after revealing in a YouTube video that he is in a relationship with a man. While many have lauded the athlete for his announcement, Daley has been the subject of a social media backlash.
Daley didn't specifically say he is gay or bisexual but explained, "right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. It makes me feel safe and just really does feel right." But apparently some people are not happy for the diver.
Here is a sample of some of the gross tweets:
"You just lost a fan, go to hell!!! faggot @TomDaley1994"
"Told you all Tom Daley was a dirty fag!"
"I can't believe Tom Daley is gay I'm not a fan of his anymore! he's going to hell it's Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve."
"Oh my God Tom Daley, put a sock up your ass, everyone loves juicy cocks we just don't say it because it's a slight against God you homo fuck"
"Tom Daley gay ? Nee shit Sherlock had more cock ends than week ends that little mincer"
"Tom Daley is gay I am now ashamed of my country ew we can't have a bloody fag representing us"
"Did anyone actually think Tom Daley was straight? He's a fucking obvious arse bandit"
"So Tom Daley came out, what a fag."
"Jesus Christ let's be realistic anybody who thought that Tom Daley wasn't a fag, has been in more denial than the guy himself.."
But it looks like the hateful and disgusting comments aren't bringing Daley down.
"Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys," he wrote, after retweeting pop star Kylie Minogue's support: "@TomDaley1994 Inspiring and brave.....as always!!! #RespectTom"
Check out Daley's video below: