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Muslim Drag Queen Asifa Lahore Is 'Safe' After Documentary Spurs Twitter Trolls To Send Death Threats

25/08/2015 19:35 BST | Updated 25/08/2015 19:59 BST
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One of the subjects of Channel 4's groundbreaking documentary, Muslim Drag Queens, has tweeted that he and his family are 'happy and safe' after being on the receiving end of thousands of hateful tweets.

Asifa Lahore came under fire when Twitter trolls came out in full force on Monday night when the programme was aired.

The #MuslimDragQueens hashtag experienced an onslaught of homophobic remarks about the show, some of which can be seen in the following tweet:

Lahore sent out messages of positivity and support, insisting that he was safe.

While homophobia was rife on Twitter, there was also a huge outpouring of acceptance on the #MuslimDragQueens hashtag...

Prior to the documentary airing, Lahore expressed fears about the potential backlash, especially after receiving death threats last year.

Speaking to HuffPost UK Entertainment, he said: "There are certain things that have been put in place for my safety." Before adding that the police are always very "supportive".

A spokesperson for Channel 4 told HuffPost UK Lifestyle that: "the contributors agreed to take part after extensive discussions about what appearing in the programme would involve and how much this would likely elevate their profiles.

"They wanted to speak out in this documentary to challenge the negative views and preconceptions held by many in their own wider communities and they courageously agreed to do this despite knowing it would likely provoke further unpleasant criticism.

"They have all viewed the final film and fully support its broadcast.

"The filmmakers took great care not to identify the home addresses of the contributors in the film. They remain in constant contact with the contributors and their support networks.

"Asif has contacted the police officers who dealt with the death threat he received previously (featured in the documentary) to make them aware of the upcoming broadcast, and is following their protocols."

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