"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling defended gay British Olympic diver Tom Daley when a Christian advocacy group mocked him for failing to make the finals in the 10-meter platform in Rio.
The Christian Voice, which says it is a "prayer and lobby group praying for national repentance and working for godly government," sent out this hateful tweet after Daley failed to make it out of the semifinals on Saturday:
Turning gay doesn't seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016 https://t.co/tdbT0Y5acx— Christian Voice (@UKCV) August 20, 2016
This prompted Rowling to step in:
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
I had seen the Christian Voice tweet shortly after it was posted but was not going to give it any credence since the group has a whopping 650 Twitter followers. But Rowling's rebuttal was too good to pass up.
The homophobes somehow failed to notice that Daley won a bronze medal 12 days earlier in the platform synchronized diving event or that a gay married couple won a gold medal together for Britain. In all, 47% of the openly LGBT athletes in Rio won medals. With a success rate like that, maybe more athletes need to "turn" gay.