03.28.11

With Leather Vs. The Casual Homophobia Of Michael Cole

Posted in Blogged Down, Professional Wrestling at 2:30 pm by

(is the below post just a cheap excuse to embed the greatest music video of all time? Well, yes.)

If you thought the end of Linda McMahon’s political career meant the WWE could once again resume their traditional assault on common sense without media scrutiny, not so fast, pencil necks. Proving that when you’re a near monopoly in a particular sport you can repeatedly get away with murder, the WWE followed their recent anti-bullying hookup with GLAAD (precipitated by what the latter called “John Cena’s scripted, homophobic bullying of other characters”) with trying-way-too-hard heel announcer Michael Cole dissing colleague Josh Matthews as “a faggot” via Twitter.

“”I apologize to any and all who were offended by my tweet toward young Josh Mathews. It was obviously not meant the way it was taken,” wrote Cole afterwards, adding, “now can I get back to being a character again please?” Along with running down a long list of prior examples of homophobia in the squared circle, WIth Leather’s Brandon Stroud — the brains behind The Dugout — argues that schtick or not, Cole shouldn’t escape censure (link courtesy David Roth).

The worst part of the entire story is how Cole can just delete the Tweet, say he’s sorry and face the most minimum penalty imaginable (personal shame?). Let me put it to you this way: If I work at the Olive Garden and I call my co-worker a faggot, I don’t get to work at Olive Garden anymore. A secondary “worst part of the entire story” goes to the comments section on any website ever made, where you get one of two comments on repeat: One, that the word isn’t offensive, usually followed by the commenter facetiously using the word because the Internet is anonymous and you can do whatever you want wherever you want because REAL PEOPLE ARE NOT READING, and two, that the only reason people are upset about this is because Cole dared to “not be PC.”

If you’re reading this, do me a favor. The next time you start to type something about the “PC police,” think about how stupid you sound typing “grammar nazis” and stop it. Being upset about a major employee of a publicly traded company PARTNERING WITH GLAAD calling somebody a faggot online is not “being PC,” it’s being a sane, good-hearted human being. He didn’t misuse nomenclature here. He also didn’t say something was “gay” and get away with it because “that’s not what gay means anymore.” He called someone a faggot to hurt them for being weak or effeminate, and guess what? He should be punished. For real. End of story.

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