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Will Young has demanded the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helps track down a bus driver who called him a gay slur.

The singer and radio presenter tweeted yesterday morning saying: “Homosphobic abuse from a tfl bus driver calling me a poofter. Reported it ten minutes after it happened and TfL been amazing. However bus companies on route say video footage gone as too late – quite how someone complains and actually GETS footage I am unsure”

The tweet was shared and liked more than a thousand times but not everyone was sympathetic and soon the hashtag #WillYoung was trending across the UK. Many took to mocking the celebrity, accusing him of being too sensitive and wasting the Mayor’s time, especially after a further tweet from Will demanding Sadiq Khan get involved.

John Kelly tweeted: “Seriously Will Young there’s a lot more bad shit happening in London than you getting called “a name”. Its London!”

Meanwhile, Ardella Jones tweeted sarcastically, slamming Will for wasting TFL and Sadiq Khan’s time, posting: “Dear TFL once you’ve tracked down the bus driver who said something rude to a celebrity in a car, we’re hoping you’ll focus on keeping buses running on time and ensuring female and male passengers feel safe from violence on board. Just saying…”

Will, who pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing last year after suffering the symptoms of PTSD, reacted to the explosion of mocking tweets, posting again yesterday evening: ”

Some users were supportive of Will though. Matt Beat tweeted: “Ah, the “something isn’t as bad as something else so we should definitely just ignore it” brigade are out in force today.”

A Twitter user called Craig tweeted his support, suggesting white, older men don’t understand what it feels like to be called abusive names.

It will come as no surprise that Katie Hopkins had to step in and have her say. She posted: “Knife crime up 39%. Homeowners told to solve their own burglaries. Shoplifters told £200 worth won’t be policed. 4 fatal stabbings on New Years Eve. But STOP THE WHOLE OF LONDON. #WillYoung was called a name.”

Big Brother star, actor and artist Chris Wright mocked the huge response, saying: “If you haven’t taken a moment out of your day to attack #WillYoung yet, are you really the horrible bastard your mother hoped you’d be?”

There is no word, as of yet, on who the bus driver is and whether TfL and Sadiq Khan have mobilised a hunt for the alleged offender.

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