When an online troll came for gay comedian Tom Allen, they probably weren’t expecting this response.
The 35-year-old English comedian wasn’t having any of it, when the troll said he talks about his sexuality too much.
‘Dear Tom Allen,’ the anonymous troll wrote. ‘We are all well aware your (sic) gay. Please stop mentioning it every five minutes – it’s 2019.
‘We genuinely don’t care,’ the troll proclaimed.
‘But I have to!’ Allen then swiftly responded. ‘And every five minutes! It’s most disconcerting especially when I’m at a funeral and my timer goes off.
‘I guess I talk about it because it’s part of my identity. Straight people get to talk about theirs every five minutes at least – but you’d be exhausted if you messaged them too.
‘And since I was made to feel ashamed about it for most of my life (I’m still not over that now) and I get messages (every five to ten minutes) saying that it’s actually helped them by me being upfront about it, I might just keep going.
‘In a world where people are questioning whether children should be taught in schools that gay people even exist and where parts of the world want to stone people to death, I wonder if it might be more important than ever for us all to talk positively about who we truly are.
‘Must dash as my timer is about to go – oh – I’m gay!!!’ he said.
Tom Allen: ‘Did I respond to this correctly?’
Tom Allen then posted a screenshot of his response to Twitter yesterday (13 April). He captioned the tweet: ‘Did I respond to this correctly?’
Did I respond to this correctly? pic.twitter.com/nde6VjvHDZ
— Tom Allen (@tomallencomedy) April 13, 2019
In response to the tweet, many responded with how impressed they were.
One social media user replied: ‘Nailed it!’
Another tweeted: ‘Thank you for being you. The response was perfect.’
Then another joked: ‘Please start selling egg timers at your shows’