Brendan Courtney shares vicious hate mail calling him a 'f****t' posted to clothing store
Published 05/05/2015 | 10:59
Fashion designer Brendan Courtney has shared a picture of a piece of hate mail he received in the post today.
The former RTE presenter, who now owns Lennon Courtney with Sonya Lennon, shared a photo on Twitter this morning from an anonymous letter writer, who referred to him only in derogatory terms.
Just got hate mail - a NO campaigner thinks it's ok to post anonymous HATE! I am a VERY PROUD FAGGOT! U coward! pic.twitter.com/nO1LTgSJbO— Brendan Courtney (@BrendanCourtney) May 5, 2015
"Courtney, you are a real f****t, do you not understand? Keep repeating I'm a f****t and you will get da message. Vote No, No, No," the letter said, which was dropped into his Stephen Street store.
The successful media personality took to social media to vent his frustrations.
"Just received my 1st hate mail ! Addressed To my shop! Un signed of course ! Shame on the Cowards! How many YES campaigners have posted hate ! NONE," he wrote.
"Just got hate mail - a NO campaigner thinks it's ok to post anonymous HATE! I am a VERY PROUD F****T! U coward!"
Speaking about the incident, Brendan said he is sadly "desensitised" to hate for campaigning for equality, in particular relating to the marriage referendum on May 22nd.
"Being gay and and out has desensitised me to random hate, I'm used to it," he told Independent.ie.
"It doesn't surprise me, it disappoints me. It's certainly not going to ruin my day.
"To share it is very powerful for the yes campaign. What I did, as a public figure with a big following, basically gave ammunition against the no campaigner.
"It shows what we have to deal with. It's another form of bullying - anyone who sends anonymous hate to point at you is a bully.
"It doesn’t upset me or hurt me, I’m used to it. Luckily, I don’t have to deal with it very often."