Oasis frontman tweets anti-gay slur, apologizes to record label

Liam Gallagher's now deleted anti-gay tweet Bil Browning

Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher took to Twitter during the Euro 2016 soccer championship games to denigrate Russian fans by using a homophobic slur. After Russian fans started attacking fans from other countries in the stands, the frontman expressed his outrage by calling them “batty boys” – a Jamaican slur for gay men.

“Russian hooligans skintight shorts bumbags batty boy muscles ha ha I’d be more worried bout getting me arse pinched LG X,” the singer tweeted in a message reminiscent of playground taunts.

After the recent massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, users replied by the hundreds to Gallagher’s homophobic message, expressing outrage that he would contribute to a culture of violence against LGBT people. Twelve hours later, the singer “apologized” for his now-deleted slur in the most halfhearted tweet ever; he apologized to “anybody,” but especially his record label RKID.

It went over about as well as his original tweet. Go figure.

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