— WrestleMania celebrity Mickey Rourke is receiving some backlash for his repeated use of a gay slang word (f-g). Jarrett Barrios, president of The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), issued the following statement today to TMZ.com:
“This is a slur that, regardless of what Mickey Rourke has convinced himself that it means, is often the last word that gay people, and gay youth in particular, hear before they’re bullied, harassed or assaulted.
Rourke is showing himself to be painfully ignorant of how this vulgar, abusive slur feeds a climate of anti-gay hatred, intolerance and violence.
Rourke either needs to figure this out, or media needs to stop giving him a platform for promoting these kinds of slurs.”
Rourke has defended himself, saying that the word “f-ggot” has “nothing to do with gay” and that it’s the same as “punkass.”
— The United Kingdom’s Power Slam Magazine recently ran article about Rey Mysterio’s 30-day suspension from WWE, which you can see a scan of here.
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