BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans has revealed a nasty homophobic message he received from a troll, brushing off the vile note with a quick-witted response.
During lockdown, Owain became a household name in the UK when a video of him drumming to the BBC News theme tune went viral, going on to raise £2million for Children In Need by taking part in a 24-hour drumathon.
He currently has over 128,000 followers on Twitter and 108,000 followers on Instagram, but while he receives plenty of adoration from fans, there are a minority of trolls who seek to bring him down with hateful words.
In a social media post, the 38-year-old shared a handwritten note scrawled on a piece of paper that he received, which read: ‘You raving b***dy p**f, do you have to be so camp on TV it puts me off my meal! Stay in b***dy Wales were you belong [sic].’
In his caption, Owain stressed that most of the messages he receives are ‘lovely’, before offering a perfect response to the troll.
‘The vast majority of letters I get from people are so, so lovely 🥰 But I still find it bizarre that people take time to scrawl stuff like this onto a notepad and send it to me. Hope this camp pic doesn’t put you off any meals today dahlings! 😂 (Warning, letter is hateful in nature),’ he wrote.
In a second picture, uploaded a photo of himself sitting by his drum set, kicking one leg in the air while gesturing with both of his arms to either side.
Several people offered him support over the derogatory note he received, including former Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, who wrote: ‘Good lord!! I’d like to puff them right in the chops! Never stop being you you fabulous human.’
‘Owain I am so sorry you got a note like that. Don’t ever stop darling man,’ added broadcaster Gabby Logan.
‘ABSOLUTE HOMOPHOBE!!! You are fabulous.. NEVER change xx,’ said Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins.
Radio presenter Zoe Ball commented: ‘Only love for you always Owain,’ while a fan of Owain’s told him: ‘I love you so much and every time I see you on the telly it brings so much joy.’