More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
GLAAD to Train WWE Announcer Michael Cole After Twitter Incident
WWE announcer Michael Cole has been added to a training GLAAD is planning to give to members of WWE's staff, after he tweeted a homophobic slur at a fellow announcer.
(Screenshot from TMZ)
Cole quickly took down the tweet, and replaced it with an apology:
“I apologize to any and all who were offended by my tweet toward young Josh Mathews. It was obviously not meant the way it was taken.”
While it was certainly disappointing to learn of this incident, especially considering the timing, we were heartened by WWE's rapid response. A WWE spokesperson said:
"WWE has alerted GLAAD to the situation and spoken to Michael Cole about his post. He has removed it and apologized for using hateful language. Michael will be included in the training session being done by GLAAD. WWE takes this very seriously and is against discrimination of any kind based on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or other."
We thank all of you who alerted us to this incident. We are taking this incident seriously, and we are looking forward to working together with WWE to send positive messages about respect and inclusion to its diverse audience.