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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.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.