Bobby Norris calls for 'vile and disgusting' online homophobia to be criminal offence
16 April 2019 - 5:00 PM

Bobby Norris calls for 'vile and disgusting' online homophobia to be criminal offence

Share article:

obby Norris has called for online homophobia to be a criminal offence after he was the victim of "vile and disgusting" trolling.

While the "Only Way Is Essex" star has grown a "thick skin" over the years with regards to online abuse, he fears younger members of the LGBTQ+ community are being trolled "24/7" on social media, so he wants to implement a bill which would lead to harsher punishments for trolls.

Speaking on "Loose Women" he said: "I have gone through this, what I can only call, vile and disgusting online homophobia.

"I have got a thick skin; I am a little bit older. I know if I was a teen and I was receiving that online hate ... I don't think it's any coincidence that mental health is on the rise.

"I am no psychologist but there has to be on a knock-on effect. When I was at school, if you got bullied, it was at school.

Boxer Charlie Edwards gives James Argent weight loss tips on Celebs On The Farm

Boxer Charlie Edwards gives James Argent weight loss tips on Celebs On The Farm

23 May 2019 - 1:00 PM

Boxer Charlie Edwards gives James Argent weight loss tips on Celebs On The Farm

"Now they wake up and they see it, they go to bed and they see it, its 24/7. It shouldn't be acceptable to throw that much hate [around]."

The 32-year-old reality star explained that while he doesn't feel offenders should be "thrown inside", he does feel there needs to be "consequences" for "abusing people".

Tina Malone set for Celebs on the Farm

Tina Malone set for Celebs on the Farm

13 May 2019 - 11:00 AM

Tina Malone set for Celebs on the Farm

Bobby added: "I am not saying we should throw people inside. People need to be held accountable, whether their accounts are suspended, whether they are fined, whether their email address is flagged up.

"It is so easy to delete an account and then open another one.

"You see it time and again, they just have an egg as a picture, no followers and they are just getting off on abusing people. It's a can of worms. I don't know what your punishment would be, but there should be consequences."

Reece Dinsdale's dad dies
19 June 2019

Reece Dinsdale's dad dies

Reece Dinsdale's dad dies
Charlotte Crosby only ventured into reality TV to get over 'heartbreak'
19 June 2019

Charlotte Crosby only ventured into reality TV to get over 'heartbreak'

Charlotte Crosby only ventured into reality TV to get over 'heartbreak'
Love Island's Joe Garratt 'in safehouse to prepare him for backlash'
19 June 2019

Love Island's Joe Garratt 'in safehouse to prepare him for backlash'

Love Island's Joe Garratt 'in safehouse to prepare him for backlash'
Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa
18 June 2019

Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa

Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar dumped from Love Island villa
Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders
18 June 2019

Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders

Suzette Llewellyn joins EastEnders
Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'
18 June 2019

Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'

Amber Gill's mother called ITV after star received 'death threats'
Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island
18 June 2019

Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island

Lucie Donlan's mum insists she should stay on Love Island
Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker
18 June 2019

Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker

Maura Higgins and Elma Pazar argue over Tom Walker
Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids
18 June 2019

Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids

Emily Atack won't feel 'fully complete' until she has kids
Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'
18 June 2019

Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'

Olivia Attwood insists people don't go on Love Island to find 'The One'
Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing
18 June 2019

Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing

Jamie Murray's wife won't let him compete on Strictly Come Dancing
ITV plan Winter Love Island
18 June 2019

ITV plan Winter Love Island

ITV plan Winter Love Island