WWE Superstar Darren Young Announces He’s Gay


That’s right. One half of the “Prime Time Players,” Darren Young, has come out as the first openly gay WWE wrestler on the active roster.

Most people’s immediate reaction is to wonder what Mr. Young’s fellow wrestlers and fans will think about this. Will wrestlers be comfortable sharing the ring with him? Will fans still want to see him? Will there be any backlash?

The answer, to me, seems rather simple. 99% of Darren Young’s colleagues and fans probably don’t give a shit about his sexual orientation. Unfortunately, however, that other 1% is always there. And even more unfortunately, the dumbass ramblings of that 1% will occasionally outshine everyone else.

Basically, a few morons will publicly call him a fag for the next week or so. Then no one will care.

These reactions are somewhat typical when just about anyone famous comes out as gay to the public. The main difference here, however, is that wrestling combines aspects of both sports and entertainment. This leads me to what I feel is the most interesting question of this entire situation.

Will WWE use Darren Young’s sexual orientation in the scripted storylines of the company?

My gut reaction is to say “no,” but thinking about it further brings up a lot of interesting possibilities.

Obviously, if WWE decided to bring this issue into the storyline, it would have to be handled delicately. But if Darren Young is comfortable with it, why not? First of all, WWE has been getting behind initiatives promoting tolerance and respect for quite some time. The “Be A S.T.A.R.” program is specifically designed to encourage kids to respect one another and prevent them from bullying. What better way to reinforce those values than to turn the openly gay D.Young into a fan-favorite wrestler. Secondly, hardcore wrestling fans are constantly complaining that WWE no longer pushes boundaries they way they did during the late ‘90s “Attitude Era.” And although these recent developments may not be what the fans had in mind, think of the boundaries that could be broken if executed correctly.

I know these ideas are probably far-fetched and will not happen, but everything starts somewhere. So congrats Darren Young, hopefully you got the ball rolling.


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