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Chris Jericho Slurs Speech

11/5/2009 2:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE star Chris Jericho is wrestling with a pretty serious controversy -- after he made a slew of offensive slurs against Middle Easterners and gays.



Jericho was at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival two weeks ago ... for a screening of a movie in which he appears. During a Q&A session, Jericho referred to the moderator several times as "Hadji" -- a term sometimes used as a racial slur against Middle Easterners.

After the first wave of slurs -- and a random shot at Paris Hilton -- the host jokingly takes Jericho's drink to sniff it for booze, when Chris chimes back, "it's apple juice ... fag."

Jericho tells TMZ, "After seeing the video I realize some inappropriate comments were made and I apologize if I offended anybody." Jericho continues, "Just know that everyone on stage was having a blast and we all shared a drink and a laugh after! The good news is I got my wish of being posted on TMZ."

Yes you did, Chris.

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61.

Walley    

What is the big deal? Anyone who watches Mr. Lobo's TV show Cinema Insomnia knows that he made jokes about being mistaken for a terrorist many times. It's a running gag. Sean Penn made jokes about gays in FAST TIMES and I notice they did not ban that movie from playing. In comedy it is just a joke, not a hate crime people. Also that word means many things to people. In the UK Chris would of been asking for a smoke.

1720 days ago
62.

post it    

all albinos are gay

1720 days ago
63.

sweet sue    

Bigots, racists, and haters are all so boring. Get a new gig Chris, this one is as old as Lincoln.

1720 days ago
64.

ecco6t9    

Um, I'm gay and see nothing offensive here other than no one told me he was coming to town.

1720 days ago
65.

AJ    

Jericho is an idiot! What was that? Bad stand up? Don't quit your day job man!

1719 days ago
66.

LeeAnn    

i am in that shadow casting of repo that he was talking about when i herd what he said about mr.lobo and repo! and ya totalie that was sooo apple juice you know o and thanks chris for trashing the v.i.p room ya

1719 days ago
67.

Must Be A Slow TMZ News Day    

Randomvillain's post explained everything exactly. Jericho was being his character. In a time when kafabe is dead and burried Jericho has reinvented his character since returning to WWE to be one of the most over heels in recent memory. I have talked to him out side of a performance setting several times. When he is not in character he is the nicest guy you could ever meet. That is what makes him so good at what he dose. He can still get people riled up even when the business has been completely exposed. If you think he acted the same way to the two guys before and after being on stage and they were not in on the act then you may need to get a firmer grip on reality and not be a complete mark for Jericho.

1719 days ago
68.

Unison    

Slew means a lot not 4. You so misrepresent things. And GLADD if you want to pint fingers start in your own community. If people that live that selected lifestyle didn't use words like that other people that didn't wouldn't. I love it so much when the first amendment gets crapped on. Where is the ACLU when they are really needed?

1719 days ago
69.

Harvard    

Can you say "overcompensating closet case"?

1719 days ago
70.

Giz    

Ok folks you do know that CHRIS JERICO is a character and that Chris Irvine is the man. If an event is booking Jericho to speak they are getting the character and if at the time the character is a pompus racist jerk that is what you get. Some of you need to stop confusing reality with fantasy, pro-wrestlers are actors and the characters they play are not who they are

1719 days ago
71.

Dark Maiden    

I just want those non-wrestling fans to understand not all fans of the sport are ignorant morons that can't understand that racial slurs and bigoted comments are not acceptable ways of "playing a Heel".

Then again he works for the wwe, where they think equating being with a black woman to bestiality is perfectly ok.

1719 days ago
72.

Jenny    

TMZ and all those offended need to realise that he's playing a bad guy on tv, and this is all part of it.
Well done Chris for making it to TMZ!!

1718 days ago
73.

Miffed    

Jericho is an offensive A-hole alright. What a prick.

1718 days ago
74.

couturegal11    

First of all, anyone who is offended by this needs to grow up! he was just joking! Number two, Chris Irvine was born in New York and was raised in CANADA! How many Canadian rednecks do you know? the only rednecks i know are from the southern United States, and that is approximately two people and i live in South Carolina. Chris Irvine plays a character on WWE television named Chris Jericho, where he is currently the company's top heel (bad guy). Chris Jericho thinks he is the best in the world at what he does and that the fans who boo him are losers. Chris Irvine never refuses to do a job (lose toan up-and-coming wrestler with the intention of giving the new guy credibility with the fans), loves his fans (i got an autograph from him after a live WWE event in July and he not only signed my t-shirt, but also asked if i had enjoyed the show and if i thought that he did a good job. how many NFL players or movie stars do that?) and is married with three kids. I have been a fan of the WWE since it was the WWF. IT IS ONE HUNDRED AND TEN PERCENT NOT GAY. These are some of the manliest men you can see on television, okay? wrestling is somewhat choreographed and it is scripted, but the moves do hurt and the wrestlers really do get injured, just like NBA and NFL and NHL and MLB players get injured. If you have seen Mickey Rourke's film "The Wrestler", you can see just how much the wrestlers give, all for the sake of entertaining the crowd, and Chris Irvine has been doing that for almost 20 years. He has wrestled all over the world, and he loves to put on a show for the fans, even the ones who did not come to see him. He is extremely talented, both as an actor and as an athlete. He is not a redneck and he is CERTAINLY NOT A RACIST OR A HOMOPHOBE.

1718 days ago
75.

Eric    

OMG! I'm soooooo offended. I don't know how I will live with myself when someone says something not nice........ Get over it, people. Have yourself a nice little cry. It's not your fault your parents were so over-protective, it's not your fault.

1718 days ago
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