Episodes of The Only Way Is Essex are normally filled with romance and drama, but a recent episode brought to light a much more serious subject.
Episode 5 of the 2019 series saw longtime cast member Bobby Norris launch a campaign against homophobic bullying on the internet.
Want to find out what the campaign is about and how you can help? Find out all the details below…
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What does the campaign aim to do?
In February 2019, Bobby launched an online petition that calls for online homophobia to be made a specific criminal offence.
The petition aims to gain the attention of the UK’s government, in hopes of passing a law to end online hate and homophobic comments.
In an online video posted to Twitter Bobby said aims to get as many signatures as possible in order to help the law get passed.
— Bobby Norris (@BobbyCNorris) February 12, 2019
Why did Bobby start the campaign?
Alongside the petition, Bobby wrote about the homophobic comments he received online that led him to speak out.
Talking about his own experiences with bullies on social media the TOWIE star said:
Just because I am on TV I don’t think that makes it acceptable to be sent homophobic messages/ comments on social media platforms. Nobody should have to receive these comments. I won’t go into detail as to the various names I have been called, but this should not be acceptable and can have an impact on people’s mental health and has certainly helped in making my anxiety and low self esteem worse by receiving them.
How can I sign the petition?
If you would like to sign the petition you can simply add your name digitally here.
At the time of writing the petition has over 13,884 signatures, and has a goal of receiving 100,000.
If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
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