World Wrestling Entertainment responded to criticism of having John Cena call somebody gay for a laugh by teaming with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in an anti-bullying campaign. So, of course, it makes perfect sense that announcer Michael Cole would use Twitter to call his co-worker a faggot and receive no punishment!
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday morning, when Cole, who has seen an upswing of face time since turning heel and screaming about himself for two hours every Monday, responded to a tweet from fellow announcer Josh Mathews with the F-bomb. Cole quickly deleted the tweet and apologized, citing “being a character” as the reason for the taunt.
“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.”
How was it meant to be taken? Well, let’s take a quick look at the history of homosexual tolerance in pro wrestling.
1941: Gorgeous George Wagner debuts his new “glamour boy” gimmick by dying his hair blonde, wearing a robe to the ring and acting effeminate, more or less inventing the idea of having an arena full of people boo you for being a “sissy.”
Shortly Thereafter: “Exotic” Adrian Street adds “being gay” to Gorgeous George’s gimmick, accentuating it with pastel facepaint, glitter and chains, and has a signature move where he escapes being pinned by kissing you, and you’re too overcome with shock/fear to continue wrestling. He also puts make-up on you when you’re incapacitated. Also, this:
1985: Adrian Adonis becomes “Adorable” on Piper’s Pit, transforming from a biker into a hair dresser/flower salesman who sprays perfume in peoples’ eyes and wears Christmas bows in his hair. Adonis eventually put lipstick on Piper, causing Piper to destroy Adrian’s flower shop with a baseball bat, shave his head and send him fleeing the WWF in shame.