Anti-Gay Internet Trolls Are No Match for J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is easily one of the greatest voices the in world. While she certainly isn’t perfect, she is one that will not hesitate to sound off when she sees something amiss in the world. She is an advocate in every sense of the word and stands for what she believes in. So when a Christian group on Twitter began making homophobic remarks about one of her countrymen, she was having none of that nonsense.

Another person I greatly admire is Olympian Diver Tom Daley. He is not only an amazing athlete but another who stands for what he believes in and inspiration to many.

Following Daley’s early exit from the Rio Olympics UK religious group Christian Voice took to twitter to voice their opinion on the matter:

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Despite instant and insane backlash over the tweet, the group wasn’t fazed and continued on with their anti-gay rant, dragging Daley’s fiancé (screenwriter Dustin Lance Black) into the mix:

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A number of people came rushing to Daley and Black’s defense, most notably J.K. Rowling who shut it all down with her no-nonsense attitude:

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Christian Voice seems to forget that, despite coming in last for the men’s solo 10 metre platform diving, Daley won a Bronze medal during the men’s 10 metre synchronized dive with teammate Dan Goodfellow.

This wasn’t the first time Rowling has shown support and love for the gay community. Following the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Rowling showed her support, not only for the entire community, but for those who were working at the Harry Potter areas of Universal Studios in Florida including my friend Luis Vielma.

Rowling wasn’t the only big name jumping to Daley’s defense. One British politician jumped in with another shut down:

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It wasn’t all negative following the diver’s from the olympics. Fiance Dustin Lance Black voiced his support

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Despite being “heartbroken” by his shock early exit from the competition, the diver hinted to the BBC that he will be returning for another shot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Josh Gunderson is an award-winning Bullying Prevention and Social Media Specialist. Josh has appeared on MTV, Comedy and National Geographic. For more information about Josh and his educational programs please visit www.HaveYouMetJosh.com

You can purchase Josh’s book “Cyberbullying: Perpetrators, Bystanders & Victims” on Amazon! Available in paperback or for Kindle.

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Ellen Catching Heat for “Racist” Twitter Post

We live in a very politically correct world so this story really comes as no surprise.

Everyone’s favorite human being (and voice of the beloved Dory) has cause a bit of a stir by posting the following meme on her twitter account:

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In case you aren’t following the Olympics at all (I’m not) the man in the picture is Usain Bolt who won the men’s 100 metres gold medal with a time of 9.81 seconds. With this win, Bolt became the first athlete to win the event three times at the Olympic Games.

As a follower of Ellen, I saw the tweet the other day on honestly thought nothing of it. I chuckled an moved on with my day.

Other people seemed to have a different interpretation of the meme:

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Not everyone was on board with the idea of racism however and quickly came to the TV host’s defense:

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While the post has seemed to cause friction in the online world, Usain Bolt retweeted the image, finding the humor in it.

Ellen did respond to the onslaught of criticism but as of this posting has not removed the original tweet.

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Many have called for a boycott of the TV host saying that the tweet was in poor taste.

I see this as a great teachable moment to discuss with students as we head back to school. Was the tweet offensive? Is this a good time to reinforce the idea of ‘think before you post’?

What do you think?

Josh Gunderson is an award-winning Bullying Prevention and Social Media Specialist. Josh has appeared on MTV, Comedy and National Geographic. For more information about Josh and his educational programs please visit www.HaveYouMetJosh.com

You can purchase Josh’s book “Cyberbullying: Perpetrators, Bystanders & Victims” on Amazon! Available in paperback or for Kindle.