Gus Kenworthy took to social media to highlight how homophobic abuse is still very real in 2018, by sharing messages and comments directed towards him on YouTube. After reading these violent and venomous messages, you too will be reminded that homophobia in 2018 is as pervasive as ever.
One message reads: “Gross faggot. Fuck you. Go died of AIDS. Sodom and Gomorrah will return. Sick nasty pedo-fag.”
In another message, someone writes: “But you are not a “champion” you are a faggot. With any luck you will die a horribly painful and drawn out death mangled in a car wreck.”
Another says: “These faggots need to go back in the closet out of sight, it’s not OK to suck another man’s dick, that’s for girls only.”
Kenworthy accompanied the horribly homophobic messages with the caption, “Them: It’s 2018 nobody cares that you’re gay. Homophobia doesn’t exist anymore. Get over yourself.” He next refers to his YouTube notifications, inferring that with messages like those, homophobia is still alive and well in 2018.
But Gus Kenworthy’s getting some major support from commenters on the tweet, including Chelsea Clinton, out Canadian Olympian Eric Radford, actor-director Peter Paige and actress Lea Salonga.
Clinton wrote: “I am so sorry Gus you are dealing with this. All those vile comments reflect on the people making them, not you. Thank you for always representing #TeamUSA so well, on and off skis.”
It’s unlikely he’ll get any support from our current President’s daughter, as Kenworthy came for Ivanka Trump in a wig snatching tweet over her appearance at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The tweet read:“So proud of all these people! Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well… Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here??”
There’s also data to back up Kenworthy’s point that homophobia in 2018 is more pervasive than ever. FBI data released in November shows that more hate crimes were carried out in the United States in 2016 than ever before, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against LGBT people, among others.