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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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61.

Hey Now    

"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."

Wow - tell me about it. We gotta read a double dose of racism and homophobia on Saturday on TMZ. Reading that kind of stuff is a turn-off for me.

I don't really care to read so many people throwing their bigotry around. And the losers who said this is a free speech issue. Whatever. It's a twitter issue. And whomever said public/famous people should know better is right.

1272 days ago
62.

Rico    

Who cares... not a big deal... what a joke.
Only a story at all because of the the TMZ agenda

1272 days ago
63.

dicky    

cole is just mad he cant get his tongue on josh

1272 days ago
64.

Brian    

The use of that term is insulting and hurtful. It should not be used. For those who say who say it is no big deal, would you feel the same way if he used the N word? Most wrestling fans are children and teens; the group most at risk in this society. It's about time we not denigrate people with these slurs. In most civilized countries, this is called hate speech.

1272 days ago
65.

CrisDizzle    

I thought Michael Cole was a F*****?? oh well nevermind!

1272 days ago
66.

Paul Lynde    

Most WWE Fans are a few pennies short of a dollar.
Ya know, Dim.

1272 days ago
67.

leslie    

I'LL CARE WHEN FAT, WHITE SLURS BECOME OFF BASE AND REQUIRE AN APOLOGY

1272 days ago
68.

Samuel Smithers    

Do not make Harvey angry!

1272 days ago
69.

mondo    

Is it still cool to call them "Homo's", or is that politically incorrect now too?????

1272 days ago
70.

SantaFeJack    

I hope they dock his pay. A hit to the wallet is always more effective than a dressing down...even one in public view.

1272 days ago
71.

SantaFeJack    

I'm going to assume that all of the posts that complain about political correctness are from people who still refer to Blacks as N***ers, and think that it is okay.

1272 days ago
72.

Hey Now    

"I'm going to assume that all of the posts that complain about political correctness are from people who still refer to Blacks as N***ers, and think that it is okay. "

Pretty much. Most of the people who post on TMZ aren't too smart.

1272 days ago
73.

Jon    

GLAAD discriminates against sexual orientation and religion.
They hate ex gays and Christians.

1272 days ago
74.

Jah36    

How sad our society is a at a point where it's considered normal to compare a "homosexual slur" with that of a slur towards race. These people are sick and need help. The word "***g*t" probably isn't the best word to use, but these people shouldn't be treated as a special minority. They need help...not acceptance.

1272 days ago
75.

Jah36    

#83 or "Hey Now" this post from TMZ was about homosexuals, not race. Apparently you think it's somehow think it's ok to compare race, an immutable, non-transferable characteristic with homosexuality, which is a behavior...something we can all control. Obviously you're not too bright.

1272 days ago
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