Monday 19 November 2018

'To be called a poofter isn't the nicest thing' - Will Young receives ‘homophobic abuse’ from bus driver

The singer has thanked Transport for London for helping him following the incident

Will Young
Will Young

Singer Will Young has been given an apology from Transport for London after he complained that a bus driver subjected him to homophobic abuse.

"We're very sorry to hear of Will Young's experience, and are looking into it urgently," TfL director of enforcement Steve Burton said.

Young claimed the bus driver called him a "poofter" when he was driving his car in Fulham, London on  December 12.

The reported the incident to TfL ten minutes after it had happened, but he said he was unable to obtain video footage from inside the bus.

“TfL been great at reacting to my tweet . All I need is an apology - no witch hunt,” he tweeted yesterday .

“To be called a poofter isn't the nicest thing and it reminds me what a vile thing prejudicial language is to try and shame others. I can take action, many young people can't,” he told his Twitter followers.

"Bus companies on route say video footage gone as too late - quite how someone complains and actually GETS footage I am unsure," he said in a tweet.

London bus drivers are employed by private companies and are not direct employees of Tfl.

TfL confirmed it was investigating the incident and it said that hate crimes would "not be tolerated".

"Everyone has the right to travel without fear of abuse or intimidation and if anyone witnesses or is victim to hate crime they should report it immediately," said Burton.

"We work closely with our police partners to eradicate hate crimes and fully investigate all reported incidents."

Young described prejudicial language as “a vile thing”.

"To be called a poofter isn't the nicest thing and it reminds me what a vile thing prejudicial language is".

Belfast Telegraph

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