J.K. Rowling crushes right-wing Christian group for homophobic attack on Olympic diver Tom Daley
The swimmer missed qualifying for the finals for the 10-meter platform during the Olympics in Rio. “Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016,” Christian Voice tweeted, linking to an article about Daley’s failure.
Christian Voice’s tweet was retweeted over 220 times, while Rowling’s tweet garnered over 8,000 retweets and twice as many favorites.
Can't decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite. https://t.co/ksqZp17drc
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 20, 2016
But the attack didn’t stop there. Rowling’s shaming spread as quickly as her tweet did, prompting her fans to lash out at the right-wing group for their bigotry and hate.
@jk_rowling I'm trying to think back to my Sunday school lessons that taught hate your neighbour, oh no wait, there was't one.
— Karla (@KarlaGeorge) August 20, 2016
— Merilyn Davies (@nellbelleandme) August 20, 2016
— Jamie Wallis (@jamie_wallis) August 20, 2016
— Alistair May (@AlistairMay) August 20, 2016
That people turn gay and that it affects diving. That's two stupids vs one spite. A gold medal to stupidity, silver to spite. @jk_rowling
— Cave Art Films (@Cave_Art_Films) August 20, 2016
— Ardit Haliti (@ardit_haliti) August 20, 2016
Avada Kedavra is the killing curse used frequently by Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.
@jk_rowling That tweet is a plausible excuse for an Avada Kedavra.
— Jorge Guberte (@jorgeguberte) August 20, 2016
Some urged Rowling to ignore the tweet, saying that she was elevating the voice of those who speak out in hate, but Rowling shut that down too, saying that she believes she should call them out to highlight that social media should be a better place.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2016
Desperate to garner more attention, the organization then tweeted that Daley only “went gay” because he was seduced by an older man.
— Christian Voice (@UKCV) August 20, 2016
Daley is engaged to American screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black who is 20 years his senior.