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J.K. Rowling criticises homophobic tweet directed at Tom Daley

After a homophobic tweet of the religious group “Christian Voice” directed at Tom Daley, J.K. Rowling spoke up for the athlete.

After Daley not being classified for the 10-meter platform diving finals, the religious group attributed his bad performance to his sexual orientation: “Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016”, the “prayers and lobby” group tweeted, before criticising the divers’ relationship: “And we need to remember that Tom Daley only went gay because he was seduced by an older man”.


Next, J.K. Rowling wrote: “Can’t decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite”. Other people in the social network also criticised Christian Voice’s opinion.

Tom Daley received a support message from his fiance Dustin Lance Black for winning a bronze medal at the Olympics: “So happy for you. So proud”, said the Oscar winning screenwriter.

BBC also apologised after the commentator Paul Hand caused outrage with improvised speech. During a tennis match, the presenter said: “Let’s hope they don’t go on to two blokes sat next to each other”. A BBC spokesman pronounced: “The comment was ill-judged and we apologise to any of our viewers who were offended.”

News translated by: Beatriz Souza