Internet reacts to Olympic champion Ian Thorpe coming out
Ian Thorpe. Great bloke. Wonderful athlete. Not keen on the breast stroke but so WHAT? @IanThorpe
Following Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe revealing that he is gay, social media has been flooded with broadly-supportive messages.
The five-time Olympic gold medallist, 31, revealed today in an interview with Michael Parkinson that he is gay.
Countless celebrities and well-known figures paid tribute to the star:
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 13, 2014
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) July 13, 2014
— Belle Brockhoff (@bellebrockhoff) July 12, 2014
— Michael Cashman (@mcashmanCBE) July 13, 2014
— Evan Davis (@EvanHD) July 12, 2014
— Stephanie Rice (@ItsStephRice) July 12, 2014
However, some Twitter users inevitably began to tweet homophobic abuse at the swimmer:
Omg Ian Thorpe’s a fag, wow no-one saw that coming. #whogivesafuck
— Josh Hanigan (@Josh_p_h) July 13, 2014
— Beau Piercy (@PiercyBeau) July 13, 2014
— KM (@kmbsk80) July 13, 2014
Meanwhile, others found time for jokes.
So Ian Thorpe is our most successful gay swimmer. Or as I like to say our most successful swimmer.
— Charlie Pickering (@charliepick) July 12, 2014
— Neal Collins (@nealcol) July 12, 2014
Then Thorpe himself weighed in:
To Everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely Thank you! — Ian Thorpe (@IanThorpe) July 13, 2014