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Tom Daley Endures Homophobic Abuse on Twitter After Coming Out


Some of the homophobic abuse Tom Daley has endured on Twitter since sharing the news that he's dating a guy earlier today, below.

Of course he has received support too.

He tweets:


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  1. Unfortunately, this is a common problem. I've noticed time and time again that too many people post such cruel, thoughtless remarks on the Internet about so many news stories. What on earth is going on inside people?
    Hang in there Tom. The haters will soon move on to their next victim. In the meantime, you're a great guy, and move on like a good soldier. You'll be fine.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Dec 2, 2013 10:46:06 AM

  2. Not surprising. The world is full of A-holes who can send hateful crap messages when they are anonymous, not unlike this page.

    Posted by: David | Dec 2, 2013 10:46:16 AM

  3. Andy, please take these awful messages down. I get that it's "news" of a sordid sort, but the best thing we can do is NOT spread these around - that is exactly what the posters wanted, for everyone to see, especially gay people. Please take them down and replace them with messages of support. May not be as juicy a story, but at least you're putting positivity into the world, instead of furthering these people's destructive message.

    Posted by: Adrian | Dec 2, 2013 10:46:40 AM

  4. Thanks for giving publicity to these mouth-breathing idiots.

    Posted by: jeo | Dec 2, 2013 10:56:34 AM

  5. With the absolute avalanche of positive support that has been sent to Tom Daley today, why on earth are you focussing on the negative? Homophobia exists. We know. Congratulations on putting a negative spin on one of the best bits of gay news we've had recently. Young people who heard that Daley had come out today may Google to find an article and come across this one. A real shame.

    Posted by: Richard Fry | Dec 2, 2013 10:57:36 AM

  6. Ummm... Without more context on the authors, a bunch of these are not obviously homophobic.

    Posted by: BABH | Dec 2, 2013 10:57:45 AM

  7. So twitter just lets that go on, eh?

    Posted by: Tiger | Dec 2, 2013 10:58:27 AM

  8. Yes, I agree with Adrian: We get the hint, and don't need to see so many of these heartless responses. Take at least half of them down. Make room for something much more worthwhile.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Dec 2, 2013 10:58:33 AM

  9. Twitter is especially vile with its homophobic content, somehow I don't see it as much on fb.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 2, 2013 10:58:56 AM

  10. Adrian - NO. Leave them up. If they are hard to read, they SHOULD BE. We need to wise up and realize that this is exactly where we are now - little more than accessories. Quit fooling yourself that we've gained much.

    Posted by: Tiger | Dec 2, 2013 10:59:13 AM

  11. Social media just gives a-holes a voice.

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 2, 2013 11:00:36 AM

  12. @Adrian: Yours is a particularly naive response. By your reasoning, it would be best not to have any negative news anymore, as it spreads 'negativity' around the world. Understand though that it's the homophobes who are spreading negativity, not those being informed about it. It's a journalist's job to inform the public of news of import, wether it be good or bad, as it is a way of raising public awareness and also creates the possibility of public resistance to this kind of (homophobic) behaviour that would not come about if we were only shown the 'positive' side of things. That would be irrisponsible journalism indeed.

    I understand that ignorance is bliss -- but only for those who have the luxury of ignorance. Tom is not so lucky.

    Andy, we do not know eachother personally, but I applaud you for bring this to our attention. Keep up the good work.

    Posted by: Henk | Dec 2, 2013 11:02:20 AM

  13. These idiots on Twitter are just looking for 5mins of fame, and you are giving it to them.

    Take this crap down.

    Posted by: James | Dec 2, 2013 11:04:29 AM

  14. there are some lovely people in the world; maybe they all get some horrid disease and suffer being before they die

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Dec 2, 2013 11:05:50 AM

  15. What is the point of this thread? If you do a search for slurs and epithets about Tom Daley, you will get many results. It is part of the makeup of social media. But, there are far more people saying supportive things, yet they get no publicity. Why is this news?

    Posted by: Luke | Dec 2, 2013 11:06:03 AM

  16. Screw the haters. Hate is the most pointless of all human emotions.

    I hope Tom looks at the thousands and thousands of messages of support he's no doubt getting. I'm sure there are a lot more people happy for him than are on Team Homophobia.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 2, 2013 11:10:48 AM

  17. There world is an uglier place because of social media.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 2, 2013 11:11:46 AM

  18. I think if everyone just blocks or reports those people on Twitter the robots will do their thing.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 2, 2013 11:14:29 AM

  19. I think if everyone just blocks or reports those people on Twitter the robots will do their thing.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 2, 2013 11:14:31 AM

  20. Barbarian pieces of illiterate trash.

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 2, 2013 11:15:45 AM

  21. The IOC is going to sue Tom for that Olympic rings tattoo. He'd better lawyer-up.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 2, 2013 11:17:35 AM

  22. I think the guys that post that stuff on twitter are saying more about themselves. Its a whos-whos-list of indenial closet cases.

    Posted by: JD | Dec 2, 2013 11:19:56 AM

  23. it was fun to tweet these homophobes

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Dec 2, 2013 11:22:08 AM

  24. People posting these vile things are just cowards. They're prolly using fake accounts. I like Google's approach now forcing people to use their G+ accounts to comment... at least people can't hide their snark.

    Posted by: Gerry | Dec 2, 2013 11:23:10 AM

  25. Have you heard, POTUS is a hetrosexual.

    Posted by: terryp | Dec 2, 2013 11:24:57 AM

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