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CM Punk In Hot Water Over Homophobic Slur (Video)

CM Punk gay slur promoCM Punk is in a bit of hot water of some words he chose poorly at a WWE house show over the weekend. Punk used a homophobic slur which was caught on video and posted to You Tube. Thanks to TMZ.com, the story has now received national headlines.

If Punk is looking to make an impact out of his last two weeks with the WWE, mission accomplished. Punk is seen on video yelling at a fan from the WWE’s latest swing of Australia shows. Magnum CM screams at the fan, “You homo!” Hello Titan Towers…GLAAD on line 1!

I can understand some guys making this mistake but CM Punk is a smart guy who really should know better. As a matter of a fact, EVERYONE in the WWE should know better! This now marks the fourth time I can recall this year alone that the WWE has been blasted by GLAAD and various media outlets for a WWE superstar using a homophobic slur. Wait until someone gets a hold of the Degeneration-X DVD and takes a look back at those promos during the DX vs. McMahons feud.

In all seriousness it is unfathomable that any WWE star would get caught at this point using homophobic slurs. John Cena, The Rock, and Michael Cole have all brought the WWE unwanted attention for using this kind of language. According to Dave Meltzer on his recent F4Wonline.com podcast, Cole actually had to attend awareness classes as part of his punishment by the WWE.

TMZ.com watches for this kind of stuff like a hawk. TMZ reaches a lot of people and can really cause a lot of problems for you, your career, and your company if the wrong piece of video hits their website. TMZ.com senior editor Harvey Levin is gay which likely makes the website a bit more sensitive to this kind of stuff. So it shouldn’t have surprised anyone when this video landed on TMZ.com.

Punk issued a public apology for the slur on his Twitter account. From the choice of words used on his tweet, I am guessing that this apology came straight from him and not from a prepared WWE statement.

I’m glad TMZ posted that video because everybody needs to be held accountable for thier bullshit, me included. What I said was bullshit….I’m embarrassed. I own up to being a total douche in this situation and I offer a sincere apology to anybody I hurt with careless words.

The irony here is that all of these slip ups have come from guys in the middle of the top angle in the company. Cole used the slur when he was the ratings king on RAW, Cena and Rock before WrestleMania 27, and now Punk in the midst of the biggest push of his career. I do think it is just coincidence but interesting nonetheless.

I am a little torn on this one. I am not gay nor do I have any gay family members so I can’t relate to the outrage here of the gay community. On the one hand, it really bothers me when anyone gets so sensitive over words. On the other hand, I can easily see their point here and with previous WWE criticisms. The WWE superstars reach a lot of people, especially kids. If these kids are associating being gay as something terrible it could lead to hate crimes, suicide, and a lot of future insensitivity. I do get it.

I am also a guy in my late thirties that grew up on listening to heel pro wrestlers used insensitive remarks in their promos or live tirades on a weekly basis. Seeing pro wrestling heels wind up as national media stories because of something they said in their promo is rather surreal. However, there are plenty of ways to get over as a heel without using a homophobic slur. Quite frankly I always found those kinds of promos to be kind of cheap and corny anyway.

How ironic that this all happens on a week where the central theme for this Monday’s WWE RAW was the first amendment?


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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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