KJ Apa Calls Out Pro Rugby Player for Homophobic Instagram Comments
As much as we’ve made strides to increase equality and visibility in the world, homophobia still, unfortunately, exists. Australian professional rugby player player Israel Folau replied to a fan who asked, “What was god’s plan for gay people?” by saying, “HELL..unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.” Absolutely disgusting.
While the 29-year-old’s homophobic words were made in the comments section of one of his Instagram posts, they quickly spread around the world. When New Zealand-born KJ Apa got wind of what the athlete said, he quickly took to his own Insta account to shut him down.
“Very disappointing comments… Our role as Christians is to LOVE not Judge,” KJ wrote on a screenshot of Israel’s reply that he posted to his Instagram story. “What gives you the right to condemn? Are you perfect? Sit down.”
— joão (@touchitjacob) April 11, 2018
When Riverdale fans saw what the 20-year-old did, they jumped on social media to praise him for unabashedly standing up for equality.
— trin misses harry (@lipasdjh) April 12, 2018
Wow I swear everytime @kj_apa is in the media we learn how much more or a great person he is
— Jardi B (@princericosuave) April 12, 2018
— luckie-rae ☾ (@LuckieRae) April 12, 2018
Love u @kj_apa
I'm agree that our 1st role as christians is to LOVE EVERYONE but it's also to tell the Truth (without judging ) bc we love people…
2 Tim2:25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth♥
— no longer slaves❤? (@Debbiiie52) April 12, 2018
— C/ΔRRIE (@hazzacare) April 12, 2018
— Siobhan Frost (@siobhangrace_98) April 12, 2018