Following Tom Daley’s premature departure from the Men’s 10m platform competition at the Rio Olympic Games he became one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Unfortunately, it seemed that plenty of people thought that his poor performance gave them license to launch a torrent of abuse at the two time Olympic bronze medallist.
One thought it would be amusing to suggest Daley was a woman, not only insulting Daley but disrespecting women everywhere by making out that being a woman is a bad thing.
Dopey Tom Daley @TomDaley1994 please take note of Nicola Adams. She's a woman like you – but she won GOLD!
— Iron Lion (@Iron_Lion83) August 20, 2016
Others just got straight to the point, forgetting that Daley broke the Olympic Record in the preliminaries, securing his place as one of the best divers ever.
— Michael Devereux (@mikeydevereux) August 20, 2016
Then there were the particularly vile creatures who just went full on homophobe.
— Christian Voice (@UKCV) August 20, 2016
Tom Daley, who is a faggot, had an extremely shitty performance today. Serves him good for being so snooty! China and Mexico will get medals
— Lady πoja (@LadyPiojaMx) August 20, 2016
And @Problem4u1 clearly forgot about the 9 gold medals Daley has won at the European and World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
Fortunately there were plenty of positive tweets heading Daley’s way.
Many, including the user @henrycehudson, pointed out the positive impact Daley has had on LGBT people since he came out and how many people see him as a role model.
— Henry Hudson (@henrycehudson) August 20, 2016
Some quite rightly pointed out that those posting abusive tweets should give it a go for themselves if they think it’s so simple.
For the people queueing up to slate Tom Daley the answer is simple – get off your backside and win gold in Tokyo in 4yrs if it's so easy!
— Mark Beard (@beard_mark) August 20, 2016
Like us, many people were looking forward to see him work towards competing in Tokyo in 2020.
I'm really sorry for you @TomDaley1994. Right mentality to compete in Tokyo 2020! Plus you got a bronze medal in the synchro! Cheer up! 🙂
— Marc Bannister (@Marc_Bannister) August 20, 2016
Others just tried to empathise with Daley and reassure him of the support he has from his fans.
— Franck BARON (@franckfu) August 20, 2016
We will leave the final word with Daley’s fiancé, Dustin Lance Black.