As the world comes to terms with last week's terrorist atrocity in Paris
, in which at least 129 people tragically lost their lives at the hands of extremists associated with so-called Islamic State, one Lebanese man has shared his experience of the racist backlash he's already received on Grindr in the wake of the attacks.
Anthony Magallanaz, a 22-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, shared his story with Gay Star News
, after a fellow user sent him a slew of abusive messages calling his an "ISIS motherfucker" and a "dirty sand n***er", after threatening to "kick [his] ass all the way back to Iraq".
Anthony says the abuse came simply because he had some Arabic song lyrics by Fairouz, a Lebanese singer, on his profile.
"At first I thought it as a joke, but one in bad taste, so I asked for clarification and it became clear to me that he only wanted to be hateful, so that’s when I stopped taking him seriously," he said.
"At the same time, I tried to be light-hearted with him and show that, “Yeah, I’m Muslim, but am I the one being aggressive here?"
Check out the exchange below (language warning):
Zayn Malik talks One Direction gay rumours with Fader
Pics | Latest AHS: Hotel episode is a feast of male nudity