WWE Wrestler, Chris Jericho, made an appearance at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival two weeks ago to promote his new movie, Albino Farm. On stage at the screening, Jericho made several offensive comments against Middle Easterners and the LGBT community.
Jericho repeatedly referred to the MC of the event as “Hadji” which prompted him to check Jericho’s cup for alcohol. In response, Jericho said “it’s apple juice, f*g.” Also, at the end of his stint on stage, Jericho announced the headline that he expected to see on TMZ the following day: “Jericho Says Albinos are Gay.”
Just a few short months ago Jericho's boss, Vince McMahon, apologized for his offensive language and agreed “that people should be more cognizant about their usage of the word ‘gay’”.
After being shown the video documenting his offensive language, Jericho said “I realize some inappropriate comments were made and I apologize if I offended anybody. Just know that everyone on stage was having a blast and we all shared a drink and a laugh after! The good news is I got my wish of being posted on TMZ."
In response to Jericho’s behavior and apology, Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said, "Just three months ago Chris Jericho's boss and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon acknowledged to GLAAD that words matter. There is no time, context or occasion in which it is acceptable to utter racist and anti-gay slurs. Jericho's hollow apology 'if (he) offended anyone' is a template used by many and is insincere and worn."