A PUBLIC apology by singer Rob Mills for a photo posted on social media that was deemed as homophobic by many has been met with praise on Twitter.
The singer, who rose to prominence in the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, posted a photo on Instagram after Saturday’s AFL Grand Final showing a Sydney Swans figurine in a bent-over position with a Hawthorn Hawks figurine behind it, in what appeared to be a gay sex act.
The photo was almost immediately met with intense criticism on social media, with many accusing Mills of being homophobic.
There were also social media users who attacked the social media controversy over Mills’ photo, highlighting his long term advocacy for the LGBTI community and his vocal support for marriage equality.
In response, Mills — who has starred in stage musicals Grease and Wicked — posted a statement on his website on Sunday where he apologised “unreservedly” for the image:
The response to Mills’ apology was then mostly met with praise by many Twitter users, while others continued to defend him for not being homophobic to begin with:
— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) September 28, 2014
— Nareen Young (@nareenyoung) September 28, 2014
Everyone needs to calm down, @RobMillsyMills is NOT homophobic. He simply posted a tasteless and immature picture… AND he has apologised.
— Whatsername (@StephJohn16) September 29, 2014
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) September 29, 2014
Rob Mills isn’t homophobic. He was in Wicked! Aka the gayest show on earth. That’d be like an atheist giving a sermon at church each Sunday.
— Joel Creasey (@joelcreasey) September 28, 2014
— Steven Murphy (@StMurphy) September 28, 2014
@RobMillsyMills don’t sweat it mate, apology accepted :-)
— Les Mallett (@justabloke69) September 28, 2014
I think @RobMillsyMills‘s apology for the GF day picture he posted was terrific. Accepted responsibility, showed increased understanding.
— Jess McGuire (@jessmcguire) September 28, 2014
— Michael James (@MichaelJames_TV) September 28, 2014
— FansOfMichaelFalzon (@MFfans) September 28, 2014
Guys, Rob Mills is not homophobic. And if he is, he is very bad at spotting a man in drag. pic.twitter.com/H1UiPYmmdl
— Thomas Jaspers (@thomasjohn86) September 28, 2014