The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) took issue with some of verbiage used by John Cena in his rap promo on Raw three weeks ago, which has prompted WWE to issue an apology and form a partnership with GLAAD on an anti-bullying campaign.
GLAAD said in a news release that it contacted WWE in response to outrage from some viewers over Cena’s “homophobic taunts” directed at The Rock. Among the lines GLAAD cited as offensive was Cena saying, “Just don’t go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, cause your mountain is Brokeback.”WWE subsequently released the following statement:
“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. We strongly value our fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and apologize to them for these incidents.”
It was also noted in GLAAD’s news release that WWE has invited the organization to conduct training sessions for WWE’s staff of writers and editors.
Here’s my take: Bullying someone because of his or her sexual orientation obviously is a serious matter, and even though The Rock character is not portrayed as gay, suggesting that he is a homosexual as a means of insulting him does show a lack of tolerance.
My question, however, is this: Why is it not equally offensive for WWE female characters to be taunted for being overweight? Doesn't that also send a bad message to kids?