Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters
Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters
Mark Agnew
Opinion

Opinion

Mark Agnew

Israel Folau posts homophobic social media rant: diverse views are fine, but this expression is a hate crime

  • Language is powerful, and the way Folau chose to make his point differentiates it from free speech and makes it bigotry
  • Strong and condemning phrases empower other bigots to act on their homophobia – make Folau’s Tweet a hate crime

Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters
Australia’s Israel Folau posted a homophobic rant on social media. Photo: Reuters
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Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew

Mark Agnew joined the Post in 2017 to capture the booming extreme sports scene in Hong Kong. He has been involved in outdoor and extreme sports his whole life. Since living in Hong Kong, his interest has expanded to endurance sports, including ultra-running and long distances ocean rowing.