The Dundee yoga star who was sent targeted hate mail threatening his safety and that of his pet has warned that homophobia is on the rise.
Finlay Wilson, whose video of him doing yoga in a kilt in a Scottish forest was viewed more than 50 million times, said that the letter, written in red pen and delivered to his home in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, was the tip of the iceberg of abuse he and his friends have suffered.
The letter, which was discovered by 30-year-old Mr Finlay at his Dundee home when he went out to walk his dog, Amaloh, at 6.30am, was addressed to “the gay boy at number 45” and warned him that “you need to watch yourself” and that he should move out of his home.
Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.
Mr Wilson said that he suffers online abuse on a regular basis, but that this was the first time he had been targeted in person.
“The thing is that my straight friends keep saying to me ‘This is not something you would expect in this day and age,” but the problem is, it is,” he said.
“It is happening more and more. I get it all of the time online, I’m constantly having to block people and delete them. I’m used to it. But this is the first time I’ve had something on my front doorstep.
“But it is very different someone on the other side of the planet sending me a message saying ‘I don’t like you, pal’ to this. This is very invasive - someone in the building where I live saying they want me to leave.”
He added: “The people who do this sort of thing need to know that their views are unacceptable and the majority of people won’t tolerate it.”
Mr Wilson said that he did not know many neighbours in the building where he lives due to his late working hours as a yoga teacher - but said he had not previously had any altercations with people living nearby.
The yoga studio owner, whose popular online videos showed him doing yoga with Mr Scotland Tristan Cameron-Harper, in` the Hermitage forest in Dunkeld, Perthshire, said he had installed a cage on the back of the letterbox to make sure nothing could be posted through which his pet could eat that would be harmful.
A Tayside Division spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland does not tolerate hate crime in any form and everyone has the right to live safely and without fear.”