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WWE Pledges Smackdown on Bullying

WWE Pledges Smackdown on Bullying


After pro wrestler John Cena caused a stir with his antigay remarks targeted at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and The Miz last month on an episode of WWE Raw, World Wrestling Entertainment and GLAAD are teaming up to promote an antibullying campaign for WWE fans.

Johnson left wrestling years ago to pursue an acting career but has been back to the ring, adding buzz around several of the upcoming pay-per-view events, like WrestleMania next month. Last month Cena took to the ring to make a rap song mocking Johnson's film roles. The song included lines like "He wore lipstick in Get Shorty and rocked a skirt for The Game Plan" and "Just don't go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, cause your mountain is Brokeback."

The following week Cena was calling fellow wrestler The Miz to a challenge, and alluded to him and his wrestling partner Alex Riley being secret lovers.

"Now The Miz and Alex Riley are cochampions, and to celebrate it they're going to move in together," Cena said during a broadcast, according to "They're going to buy one of those tandem bikes and ride to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy some duvets. And every evening they're going to relax with a glass of warm pinot noir and watch The Notebook or reruns of last season's Bachelor. ... You want to be a mentor and train him? Well, tonight I'm going to train you on how to be a man."

After GLAAD became aware of the taunts, the organization contacted executives at WWE, who soon apologized for the writing. A statement from GLAAD cited the WWE's targeting of young men for PG-rated entertainment. The organizations will be working together to reach out to younger wrestling fans, to advocate against bullying and homophobia.

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