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WWE Announcer Tweets Gay Slur, Deletes It

3/26/2011 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Less than two weeks after the WWE and GLAAD teamed up to say they were going to work together to curb homophobic slurs in wrestling, one of the WWE's top announcers tweeted one at a fellow announcer.

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Earlier today, Michael Cole simply tweeted one disgusting word towards fellow announcer Josh Mathews. Cole quickly took down the tweet and apologized, posting:

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The WWE and GLAAD announced a partnership on March 17 to try and put an end to bullying based on sexual orientation after a series of homophobic taunts was made by wrestler John Cena.

WWE said at the time: "WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

A rep for the WWE tells TMZ, "WWE has alerted GLAAD to the situation and spoken to Michael Cole about his post. He has removed it and apologized for using hateful language. Michael will be included in the training session being done by GLAAD. WWE takes this very seriously and is against discrimination of any kind based on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or other."

A rep for GLAAD could not be reached for comment.

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16.

TheMachine1    

That's sad a high percentage of professional wrestlers and their bosses like most other areas of show biz are gay.

1217 days ago
17.

John Beebe    

"Freedom of speech" applies to government restrictions. He didn't get arrested, right? Businesses can fire, individuals can
complain, without infringing on free speech. You want to use disgusting insults? Go ahead, but decent people have free speech rights to object.

1217 days ago
18.

Anony Moose    

@AH - Harvey Levin is gay. This is great fodder for him.

1217 days ago
19.

Brian    

It's a big deal at TMZ because Harvey is gay and at least a few of the folks working there are as well. I use the word and also call things " gay " and I will never stop doing so. I know plenty of gay people who use the "F" word ( ridiculous to have to hide it that way ) If it's not being used towards a gay person to insult then, whooooo cares????

1217 days ago
20.

mija    

We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Oh really? Since when? Was it Michael Cole or Josh Mathews who got raped in the behind from Jon Heidenreich? Wasn't that Michael Cole being the bad F word. Vince was so fond of Cole, his heart must be broken.

Vince fired Dawn Marie for getting pregnant. They would make men and women wrestle each other. He would force Divas to make out with him. John Cena is told what to say. He's not going to be punished because Vince approved the script. I could go on all day about the evil practices in WWE.

1217 days ago
21.

miguel    

I'm sick of the left wing liberals taking away our freedom of speech! If I want to say the word ***got, I sure as hell can. I hate ***gots!!! They're all going to die of aids.

1217 days ago
22.

GeneL    

Hey Harv, why did you black out that "F" word? Stop protecting those on your staff (you know who they are) who might be offended...that word's been in our vocabulary longer than they've been alive.

More selective journalism/political correctness run amuck!

1217 days ago
23.

John Beebe    

You right-wing bigots scream about free speech, but you want the liberals to shut-up. Nobody is taking away your free speech. Say any idiot nonsense you want, and we'll respond with liberal common sense. You haters are what is ruining this country.

1217 days ago
24.

David    

not really a news story, but anyone who says that word is an idiot. especially if you are a public figure...
I just wonder if he spelled it right!

1217 days ago
25.

poopy    

it't not a "freedom of speech" issue. its a "your boss doesn't want you to say ***got or you get fired issue." get over it. Cole is a ****ing moron anyway i hope vince fires that ***got.

1217 days ago
26.

Don    

Who cares? Is anyone else sick of gay people? Go away

1217 days ago
27.

Cole Miner    

thats ridiculous cole was having a bit of fun with his friend and collegue... its not like josh matthews is actually gay and hes dissing him for that. Seriously gay or the word he used is used in todays society to mean nothing more than stupid or idiot... chill out like

1217 days ago
28.

ad;lkj    

slow news day?

1217 days ago
29.

Paulie    

There sure are a lot of bigots in TMZ's comments section. What would the rabid right be without their hatred, fear and ignorance? I'm sure many of you also bemoan not being able to openly use the n-word in public. What would Jesus do? Well I don't think he'd be uttering slurs and racial epithets.

1217 days ago
30.

ajim    

maybe josh is a harley davidson rider, that would explain his comment. reference south park.

1217 days ago
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