J.K. Rowling Is Not Here For Homophobic Tweets About Tom Daley

When a "Christian" tweeted that "turning gay" hurt Daley in Rio, the "Harry Potter" author went IN.

Tom Daley didn’t perform as well as he’d hoped in Rio: Though he earned bronze with with partner Dan Goodfellow, his solo dive in the 10-meter competition was came last in a field of 18.

“At the Olympics you can get your dreams crushed in an instant,” he said, holding back tears. “It doesn’t get any lower than this.”

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As if that defeat wasn’t upsetting enough, a Twitter user decided to troll the out athlete.

A user with the ironic handle “Christian Voice” declared that “turning” gay didn’t help Daley’s diving.

The British “prayer and lobby group” also claimed Daley was “seduced” into homosexuality.


In a blogpost on Tuesday, Christian Voice claimed “Daley has made so much of his sodomistic relationship with Dustin Lance Black that he cannot escape being… ‘called out’ about it.”

Now, normally we wouldn’t report on a lone nutjob on social media, especially when they have only 738 followers. (By comparison, SpaghettiOs has more than 11,000 followers.)

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But Harry Potter queen J.K. Rowling decided to clap back at Christian Voice in her signature acerbic manner.

Some supporters suggested that even responding to the tweet is just feeding the trolls, but Rowling stood by her decision.

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In the end, Tom Daley is still a world-class diver with the love of a good man and the support of one of the world’s most beloved writers. That’s as good as gold in our book.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.