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J.K. Rowling blasts homophobic tweets against U.K. diver Tom Daley

And she has a poignant response for why she even engaged.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Aug 22, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:20 am CDT

J.K. Rowling has often used her Twitter for good, and she struck again this weekend after Twitter users sent out homophobic tweets about British diver Tom Daley.

Daley, who won the bronze for the men’s synchronized 10m platform, didn’t qualify for the individual final at the Rio Olympics on Saturday—an event he was favored to win. His loss led one Twitter account, which describes itself as a “UK-based prayer and lobby group,” to point to Daley’s sexuality as to why he didn’t advance.

The tweet received plenty of outrage across the board, but Rowling’s blunt response takes the cake.

While her response to Christian Voice’s account will surely make some people gleeful, others asked her why she even acknowledged the homophobic tweet in the first place, or rather, why she’s feeding the trolls and giving them “credence or rather space they shouldn’t have.”

Rowling’s reply to the criticism is poignant and addresses the idea that trolls only want attention for their offensive tweets and rhetoric.

And sometimes, she later followed up, seeing other people call out abuse “makes you feel far less lonely.”

Daley hasn’t addressed the comments on his Twitter account, but he’s determined to continue achieving his dreams and cheered on a fellow diver to win it all.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Aug 22, 2016, 11:42 am CDT