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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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31.

tgrfan42069    

the funny thing is..most of the gay community act like divas and are quick to ridicule someone.look at tmz.they make money off of making snide remarks about celebs.also look at perez hilton he is bad about calling others names.but as soon as someone says ***got its a big no no though.gays are hypocrites they want tolerance but they dont want to tolerate other peoples views.

1215 days ago
32.

horhay    

The tweet was deleted. This is a non story. I doubt anyone, other than those following Michael Cole, even knew about this non story, until TMZ decided to make it one.

1215 days ago
33.

GeneL    

There sure are a lot of bigots in TMZ's comments section. What would the rabid right be without their hatred, fear and ignorance?

Posted at 3:40 PM on Mar 26, 2011 by Paulie
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HAHA...you gotta be kidding or you live under that proverbial rock...have you watched Bill Maher, Rachel Madow and/or CNBC lately??

1215 days ago
34.

stu    

every1 knows 90% of the wrestlers r gay. they grab each other in their tight bikini's. tossing & smelling each other between their legs between long lingering grabs.
& the men who watch this soft porn get off on it.

1215 days ago
35.

Brian    

I dont really think John Cena would do something like that. If he did i think the whole world would now about it...And Its kinda funny that only TMZ.COM is the 1st to report that about John Cena
Which i think its FALSE Information

1215 days ago
36.

Mike L    

First and foremost, very few wrestlers are gay. Most of them have beautiful golddigger wives and kids.

Second, those of you who think this is wrong, why? Its human nature to call each other names. Personally I think being gay is wrong. You gonna rip on me for that? Its not natural for two ****s to come together. Why do you think god made it so men and women can fit together so perfectly and procreate? Because thats the way its supposed to be!! ***gots are wrong. GLAAD is wrong. Lesbians are nice to watch, but are technically wrong. ;)

1215 days ago
37.

GeneL    

Personally I think being gay is wrong. Its not natural for two ****s to come together. Why do you think god made it so men and women can fit together so perfectly and procreate?

Posted at 4:15 PM on Mar 26, 2011 by Mike L
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Just to set the record straight, Gays and Lesbians, homosexuality in general, are anomalies of life and not products of environments so, Lady GaGa is right, they were "born this way!" And, for that reason, there should be no "marriage" between any of them, however, a Civil Union I would accept. A Marriage is blessed by God and is meant to be between a "man and a woman" for the purpose of procreation. (end of rant)

1215 days ago
38.

Tea Party Mom    

Lady GaGa is right, they were "born this way!"
Posted at 4:29 PM on Mar 26, 2011 by GeneL

I don't know many gay babies, do you?

1215 days ago
39.

GeneL    

Lady GaGa is right, they were "born this way!"
Posted at 4:29 PM on Mar 26, 2011 by GeneL

I don't know many gay babies, do you?

Posted at 4:41 PM on Mar 26, 2011 by Tea Party Mom
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That makes NO sense whatsoever...human sexuality develops much later than the "baby stage"...Google it!

1215 days ago
40.

Captain Balls    

I honestly couldn't care less about this. I'm sure he was joking and that slur doesn't always mean what politically correct people crap themselves over it meaning.
Having said that, how doesn't common sense kick it when you're a semi-public figure and you post that word on twitter. He should have known that people would raise hell over it.

1215 days ago
41.

FmPg    

The WWE fired one wrestler for being too extreme for their PG-13 ratings and fans, but theyre going to let this go?

1215 days ago
42.

west 504    

Sodomites and lesbians deserve absolutely no respect or consideration and certainly have no right to special treatment when it comes to freedom of speech. They hate God and nature as He intended it, their lifestyle is deadly (average lifespan of the sodomite is 41 years). Don't tell me what to say or how to live. Every human birth on earth involved a man and a woman. Common sense should inform us that's the ONLY right way. Women are the most beautiful creatures. So what's wrong sodomites?

1215 days ago
43.

jack     

showing his true views, although I hate the word, it always gives you a much better idea about peoples beliefs and who is homophobic.

1215 days ago
44.

Mike L    

This wasn't on TV. TV-PG doesn't mean a damn thing on the internet.

And anyway, they brought Danielson back, so why bring it up?

TV-PG sucks. TV-13 needs to come back, or better yet, make it TV-M.

1215 days ago
45.

Cooperstown    

Would an apology over n*gger be "political correctness"?

Give me a break. Slurs aren't cool, period.

Some folks need to do some growing up...

1215 days ago
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