The other night WWE wrestler Darren Young, real name Fred Rosser, was left off the upcoming tour in the Middle East. There are two sides to this. One side is his where he feels that he is being left behind because he is a openly gay man. The other side is that being gay is not cool in the Middle East...openly.
Young stated on his Twitter account “Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like abu dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars.” I get why he is upset and I also get why WWE left him off the tour. Though I believe that he should be allowed to do what he loves anywhere in the world I also understand that some parts of the world are not as accepting as others and that the lives of he and other performers run the risk of being attacked. It is a wrestling company where people pretend fight each other for the entertainment of millions. They aren't a country or political party.
WWE issued this statement after Young's Twitter post after he deleted his tweets. “WWE does not discriminate against individuals regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we continue to proudly support Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young) for being open about his sexuality. Unfortunately, WWE cannot change cultures and laws around the world, and thus we did not send Fred Rosser to the United Arab Emirates for our upcoming events for his own protection. WWE also fully supports Fred Rosser's right to express his views on personal social media accounts rather than WWE's corporate platforms.” I have read a lot of statements from this company and whoever wrote this one deserves an award for being very clear in their thoughts. I hope Young can accept that some people hate the fact that a lot of people hate his sexuality and continue to wrestle and be great. Hopefully one day things will be different.