James sparked massive backlash when he used the homophobic slur 'queer' to criticise an unknown MC on Twitter. After an argument with Frankie Boyle, James decided to leave a href="/celebrity/news/a531778/x-factor-winner-james-arthur-quits-twitter-after-argument-with-frankie-boyle.html"target="_blank" >Twitter for good.
He said, "I just have to say I'm extremely disappointed in myself for being so naive with the diss track I made for an unknown rapper recently.."
Despite this, the talent show winner earned major abuse online, which was followed by X Factor singer Lucy Spraggen publishing some of his homophobic text messages.
She posted these snaps of their text conversations:
And more. pic.twitter.com/GRhggiJn87— Lucy Spraggan (@lspraggan) November 20, 2013
For anyone who missed it, here's the song...judge for yourselves.
Now 6,000 people have signed a petition aiming to ban James from performing on Sunday's live results show.
One of the posts on the page reads, "What kind of example are X Factor and ITV setting to young LGBT people by letting him perform next week on the show following his CONTINUED homophobic comments on twitter? And during anti bullying week too! DROP JAMES ARTHUR FROM XFACTOR IMMEDIATELY!"
An official statement from ITV has said his performance will go ahead regardless, "Both ITV and the producers of The X Factor would like to make it clear that in no way do we support, condone or share any form of homophobia or discrimination.
"Following his comments James has since apologised last week, making it clear that he did not mean to cause any offence and explaining the context behind his remarks."
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