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John Cena

Proud Of Darren Young

Congrats on Being 1st Gay WWE Star

8/15/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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John Cena just learned that Darren Young came out as the first openly gay WWE superstar ... and Cena tells TMZ he couldn't be happier for the guy.

"Oh wonderful," Cena said ... "I know Darren personally. Darren's a great guy. That's a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it."

Cena says he's proud of his friend ... especially because he has a brother who is gay and he knows how tough it can be to come out.

As for the WWE, Cena says he doesn't think the organization will care one way or the other -- and that's a good thing.

"For us, it's entertainment ... and if you're entertaining you shouldn't be judged by race, creed, color or sexuality ... as long as you're entertaining."

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Bryan    

Umm first gay superstar I know is Pat Patterson.

251 days ago
17.

Shannon    

Pat Patterson, Orlando Jordan, Chris Kanyon I guess Cena doesnt not know his wrestling buz

251 days ago
18.

Dickeydoo    

Uh im sure hes not the first . #=

251 days ago
19.

Sean    

This is completely ridiculous. People are people. Period. It doesn't hurt anyone else that this dude is gay, infact if I can love a woman and not be judged he has a right to love a man and be just as happy. Besides, by sheer numbers I'm fairly certain he isn't the only gay wrestler. So what? It's 2013, time to kill the ignorance. Some of your favorite atheletes are probably gay, and they just havent come out because of all the *******s that will judge them and make them feel like ****.

251 days ago
20.

arale norimaki    

pat patterson
Chris Kanyon
Orlando Jordan


The most damning story was WWE's treatment of Chris Kanyon, a vulnerable individual who went to extreme lengths to keep his sexuality a secret from the boys in the back and was paralysed with fear that he would one day be found out. In the end, he realised that he was only fooling himself that his colleagues didn't know or at least suspect his sexual preferences, so he came out to the company and pitched a unique angle to the WWE creative team of being the first non-stereotypical, openly gay wrestler, but that idea fell on deaf ears. This eventually led to one of the most mean-spirited and reckless burials in company history for reasons that have never been adequately explained.

Upon his return to WWE televised programming after 15 months of injury problems and setbacks, he was made to take part in a skit clearly designed to mock his closeted homosexuality. Coming out of a crate as one of Paul Heyman's surprise gifts to The Undertaker, dressed up as Boy George and effeminately singing "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" so everyone got the point, he then received an utterly brutal gay bashing that was capped off by a completely unprotected chairshot to the head.

With his wrestling dream having turned into a living nightmare, back to being a glorified jobber despite his immense talent, he attempted suicide in September 2003 by swallowing a large bottle of sleeping pills and was fired by WWE shortly thereafter. Later overtures to do his proposed first ever openly homosexual wrestler gimmick were rebuffed by both WWE and TNA, and he spiralled into an even deeper depression. He eventually went through with his threats to commit suicide on April 2nd, 2010, just four days after Orlando Jordan had unleashed his bisexual nature on apathetic TNA Impact viewers.

251 days ago
21.

DPayne    

As someone that worked in rasslin for over a decade, I can tell you wrestlers are some of the most tolerant individuals you'll ever meet. Sexual orientation, race or religion don't matter as long as you can entertain the crowd and put on a good show. Oh sure, we all teased each other about differences, but it was like a brotherhood. Apparently, wrestlers are WAY more tolerant than the people that post in the TMZ comments section. Not surprised at all. The fact that some of you think Cena is "faking' his "tolerance", stop projecting. Not everyone in the world is as nasty, petty, and hateful as you are.

251 days ago
22.

angela    

Orlando Jordan was the first WWE superstar to come out as gay not darren young.

251 days ago
23.

Wrestlingmark00    

Orlando Jordan is bi sexual

251 days ago
24.

Toilethead    

No way was he the first gay rassler. But he was the first to have the balls to come out.

251 days ago
25.

strunz2318    

I can't wait to see the first time he wrestles him...

251 days ago
26.

kittycariole    

What the hell is he being congratulated for, as if he accomplished some great feat?

251 days ago
27.

Cody    

It should make no difference. I'm glad Cena was the one spokin to also as he will have a positive influence on some of those out there that are border line on acceptance. If a superstar like Cena can embrace it then I think it will help the antibullying campaign and make more in the wrestling community, mainly audience to see it that way too.

251 days ago
28.

arale norimaki    

“He's by far not the first openly gay wrestler in the WWE. Poor reporting,

Orlando Jordan, Chris Kanyon, Pat Patterson, Terry Garvin, and many wrestling promoters have made their talent do homosexual acts to advance in the business.”

251 days ago
29.

john    

All wrestlers are gay . Who are you kidding ? WWE is so fake

251 days ago
30.

chrissy    

sexual deviant pervert?REALLY!!!My daughter was strong enough as a teen to figure out her sexuality and she beca

250 days ago
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