Richard Wilkins’ son Christian has spoken out after a man called him a‘f**king f*g’ at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old model and socialite told 9Honey that while the abuse wasn’t new, it did shock him due to how ‘blatant’ it was.
‘To be honest, looking how I do, dressing how I do, I occasionally get people calling things out,’he said. ‘But I was most shocked at the blatant and arrogant manner he was addressing me.’
Abuse: Christian Wilkins has said he feels ‘lucky that he isn’t being killed for his sexuality’… after a man hurled homophobic abuse at him at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. Pictured with his boyfriend Andrew Kelly at Flemington Racecourse
‘Realistically, a man calling a young gay man a “f*g” isn’t a new thing, and truthfully I’m one of the lucky ones – there are gay men around the world being killed over their sexuality,’ he added.
While attending the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, Christian revealed on Instagram that a man had verbally abused him.
He shared a photo of the person responsible, writing in the caption: ‘I’m not one to usually call people out but this man called me a “f**king f*g” who should “go the f**k back home” now three times.’
‘Not one to usually call people out’: On the day Christian shared a picture of the man to his Instagram story
Christian said he publicly shamed the man because he wanted to use his public platform to call out the abuse.
‘The reason I wanted to call him out was to make sure people realised that it isn’t okay, it’s not something we should have to get over, and we as a community aren’t just going to sulk away because you don’t want us there,’ he told 9Honey.
Christian came out publicly in the March issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
‘It’s taken me a while to really celebrate my own sexual identity’: Today show entertainment editor Richard has always been incredibly supportive of his son Christian, especially after he came out publicly this year
‘I’ve now taken it upon myself to become the best damn gay I can be!’ he said.
‘It’s taken me a while to really celebrate my own sexual identity.’
The Today show’s Richard has always been incredibly supportive of his son Christian, especially after he came out publicly this year.
Praise: Christian and his father Richard recently praised Australian actor Joel Edgerton’s film Boy Erased