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Diver Tom Daley Receives Social Media Backlash for Coming Out

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Dec 2, 2013

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.

As the Huffington Post points out, a number of Twitter users angrily replied to Daley's tweet, which contained the link to his YouTube video.

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 always!!! #RespectTom"

Check out Daley's video below:


  • , 2013-12-02 23:16:22

    its not adam and steve we know that but we can change it anytime its not up to you its actually up to us if you hate us then you are the one who will go to hell you know what why? because you act like satan .,.maybe you are a fan of satan right .,.,we dont fucking care yes he represent the country why??? what about you //. can u represent you country i dont fucking think so were fag. and were proud of it .,.and you straight what can you do? fuck girls for what/../you can even represent your country in a good way .,.,hahahaha fuck you us fag.. we can represent country and make it known in the whole wide world .,.,you shit.,.,., GAY AND PROUD

  • Wayne M., 2013-12-03 21:16:31

    The best thing to do is to ignore the comments from the deliberately ignorant. Fair minded people recognize that LGBT people are part of our society and culture - and that we enrich our society by our presence.

  • DanC, 2013-12-03 21:56:11

    C’mon folks. All these vitriolic comments were written by homophobes who hate themselves. How do I know? Every comment reveals the writer’s connection with gay life such as "put a sock up your ass, everyone loves juicy cocks...". You have to ask yourself: Why did all these lamebrains even bother to tweet their displeasure with Daley?

  • GAG'EM, 2013-12-03 23:01:18

    Gay or straight or whatever, he’s just so damn CUTE!

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