Stephanie McMahon spoke at the Beyond Sport United event and told NBC OUT that WWE is committed to including LGBT characters. “We will integrate LGBT characters into our programming … and I do think there will be an opportunity to integrate some of those storylines in the near future,” McMahon said.
Stephanie also spoke about the company’s relationship with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “We’ve had GLAAD come in and speak to our entire writing team and give a whole tutorial on sensitivities, the right words, the wrong word [and] why those words matters,” she added. “I think that with their guidance and support, we will be able to portray that [LGBT storyline] appropriately.” Read the full story at NBCNews.com.
Powell’s POV: Stephanie made these comments just one day after a Raw show that featured a joke that Dot Net staffer Will Pruett labeled homophobic in his Pruett’s Pause: WWE Raw blog. By the way, WWE announced its partnership with GLAAD back in 2011, shortly after play-by-play announcer Michael Cole used a homophobic slur in a public Twitter exchange with then co-worker Josh Mathews. Cole followed up by apologizing while saying, “It was obviously not meant the way it was taken.”