Earlier this week, boxing champ Billy Joe Saunders felt the need to post a mocking photo of a queer teenager on his Twitter account. Now, he’s refusing to apologize, instead doubling down with some strange, highly irrational rationales.
Saunders posted the photo of a young man named Jonny Marsh, who was walking through an Urban Decay store in Meadowhall Sheffield inEngland.
“Walking through Meadowhall Sheffield and see this,” he wrote, adding a confused face emoji.
Walking through Meadowhall Sheffield ''and see this ? confused pic.twitter.com/3fGxvwgeip
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) July 2, 2017
Now, he’s facing considerable backlash from his 92,000 Twitter followers, but he’s not backing down.
In fact, he’s calling their comments “homophobic rubbish” and then posted a pic of himself in a bright orange wrestling outfit.
“People who can’t take banter should not be on social media,” he writes. “Bombs and fire [are] killing people everywhere and [they’re] more worried about the picture.”
“I’ve been called gipo, Pikey, gipsy, cunt, scum all my life. Am I bothered? No – I take it as a pinch of salt.
I’m gonna start to give people abuse if they keep righting (sic) to me over a pic I took. Go and find a pedo (sic) on the net who takes pic of kids. I won’t apologize – if you don’t like it, [get the] fuck off my Twitter.”
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Marsh responded to the photo on Facebook: “Like momma Rupaul said, if those bitches ain’t paying your bills, pay them bitches no mind!”
“How can someone [who] is representing my country publicly shame somebody for how they look and their gender?”
You can read the entire reply below:
h/t: Gay Star News
What attracts you is what you’re drawn toward, even if you pretend to be disgusted. Billy Joe: Just come out already; you’re among friends.
You took the words right out of my mouth. It’s just a matter of time.
Kick him off twitter, who needs this creep.
Since when is Anita Sarkeesian queer? Now I’m confused too.
Somebody Pants the boxer!
Make Boxer Apologize.
Make an example of him.
Ask H.R.M.Q.E.II, Command an Apology to H.R.M.Q.E.II, Sir Elton John, Jonny Marsh.
As a Man, I’m Offended by Saunders, Backward,Disrespectful Actions.
I’m Commonwealth Commonlaw Citizen of Canada, Unify Commonwealth Commonlaw Citizens of United Nations, behind H.R.M.Q.E.II ,Against Bigotry and prejudice against All!
Those that are offended by his post, ask yourself how often you post a pic of someone and make fun of it or question it? How often have you done that about Trump? And I’m sure many of you have. I know this site most definitely has. If you’ve done that at least once, then you’re no different than this guy, and have no place acting hurt about it. You can’t have a double standard.
The guy is not going to take it down and he doesn’t care if someone is upset about it. He’s unaffected. There’s nothing you can do. Was it wrong? No. Was it rude? Yeah, and I can say that as I don’t post pics of people and question it. And I’ve never done that with any President either. I’m in that rare category.
You’re referring to a public figure when you mention Trump. Private citizens have different expectations.
I am a great believer in Karma. So, watch out. What goes around comes around.
Why can’t Billy Joe use Grindr to meet guys like other folks?
Jonny Marsh looks great and the quote from Rupaul is the perfect response.
How can we get him in touch with the Check It gang?
Oh wait. Just looked at his Twitter. He’s a christian who thinks it’s god’s plan for him to beat the f*ck out of other men for sport. Jesus wants him in that boxing ring. It’s his will.
He’s also a misogynist. Never saw that coming.
Stop being such a snowflake. If somebody comments on your looks, suck it up and dtop being offended.
Gay men criticize each other for their looks all the time. Stop being an outraged pansy!!!
Multiculturalism, political correctness and “social justice” ARE A CANCER TO A FREE SOCIETY.
Not surprised at the comments giving this guy a pass. A huge portion of Queerty’s audience are masc4masc bigots.
Thank god everybody is not you. Something can , in fact, be related to the LGBT community without meeting your obviously narrow approval. Self absorbed much?
And even though you seemingly have the maturity to not upload a picture like that, you are nonetheless publicly sneering at the subject of the picture. That is almost as uncool.
dwes09- I’m not sneering at it, I’m puking. And you didn’t actually say how this is relevant to being gay. You just said “it could be.” Dumb!
Consider shaving so you don’t look 80 y.o.
After posting the picture he got a response from the person in the picture. That’s just what he was hoping..don’t do or say anything..why add more to the fire ?
I hardly think anyone who would wear those unfortunately colored and ridiculously oversized pants in public has any room to object to anyone’s appearance…
Mr. Macho Boxer notices gender-fluid male….he does not notice any of the cute, young women.
He then goes on twitter (no reason at all) to announce what caught his eye.
Glad he like the queer boys and not the Gay ones
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