J.K. Rowling shuts down homophobic tweet trolling Tom Daley following his Olympic exit

J.K. Rowling shuts down homophobic tweet trolling Tom Daley following his Olympic exit

The Harry Potter author has taken to Twitter to defend out gay Olympic diver Tom Daley against trolls who blamed his sexual orientation for his early exit from the Rio Olympics.

The 22-year-old made a shock early exit from the Rio Olympics 10m platform diving, as he failed to make the finals, after winning in the preliminary heat.

Prayer and lobby group Christian voice posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old – who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black – failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016. “Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016,” the group wrote on Twitter.Daley

But fans of the diver – including Rowling – took to social media to defend him against the abuse. “Can’t decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite,” Rowling – who has a long history of supporting LGBT rights – wrote.screenshot-www.huffingtonpost.co_.uk-2016-08-21-13-08-56

Other users were quick to share the Rowling’s tweet, while referencing her most famous works while doing so.Screen-Shot-2016-08-22-at-11.05.13

In case any Daley fans was wondering if he might retire from professional diving following his failure, he told reporters shortly after the semi-finals that he would be training for the next four years. He tweeted that he was “truly heartbroken,” but added that he would “never give up on his dream of being an Olympic champion.”screenshot-www.huffingtonpost.co_.uk-2016-08-21-12-47-53

Hinting at an Olympic return – despite previously stating his desire to retire and start a family – Daley told the BBC: “I’m so happy with how GB have done, so proud to be part of it and I wanted to be able to stand on top of that podium, so it will be another four years’ hard work. Yesterday I scored the highest score ever in an Olympic Games. Today it wasn’t meant to be. That’s what diving does sometimes.

“I truly am heartbroken because I feel like I am in the peak physical condition and I could have won tonight.”

Oscar winner Black also took to Twitter to congratulate his husband-to-be.screenshot-www.huffingtonpost.co_.uk-2016-08-21-12-47-30

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  1. Mandy
    August 23, 07:23 Reply

    The sheer stupidity. Just imagine the kind of people we share oxygen with in this world.

  2. DeadlyDarius
    August 23, 08:12 Reply

    This is just too easy…
    FUN FACT: British field hockey players Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh have become the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold in the same final.
    The Rio games already were historic for the couple, as they became the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics. Their win against the Dutch makes them the first British married couple to win gold since 1920.

    God was probably too busy derailing Tom Daley’s medal bid tho….you know he has so much on his plate

  3. bruno
    August 23, 08:30 Reply

    “a gold medal to stupidity. silver to spite.” ??????

  4. ambivalentone
    August 23, 09:21 Reply

    Being straight apparently didn’t let some smell the Rio airport. He does indeed get gold for stupidity

  5. Delle
    August 23, 09:29 Reply

    “Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016,”

    There you have it my fellow gay folks, some Americans are dafter than Dame Patience Jonathan.
    #saynotoIQreduction

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