TMZ, the Hollywood-based broadcast program specializing in celebrity gossip is fast finding itself as the go-to source for celebrities wishing to come out of the closet - today it was Darren Young, WWE Wrestler who became the latest high profile athlete to come out. Darren during a very impromptu interview at LAX baggage claim by TMZ's ever present papparazo accounced he was gay.
The TMZ papparazo pointedly asked Darren about his thoughts on if an openly gay wrestler could make it in the WWE aka World Wrestling Entertainment world successfully.
Darren in a now historically reply said "Absolutely! Look at me," Young said "I'm a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you … I'll tell you right now that I'm gay."
The WWE sent this statement out to various media outlets on the subject "WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar."
To give you a little background on the WWE and why this is such a huge mile stone for the LGBT community - the WWE made $659 million in 2012 and reaches over 14 million viewers in the US alon each week, a great majority of whom are male, making one of the biggest programs on US television today.
Pro wrestling today is a very dramatic spot - it involves heavily muscled men wrestling on camera in nothing but a glorified speedo. All the moves, the story lines and the individual wrestlers hits and falls are all planned in advance of the actual 'matches.' In catering to their audience the WWE creates a visual narrative of over-the-top costumes and overly macho behavior.
During his interview with TMZ Darren Young said "I'm hoping to be able to make a difference, you know. It's very important to me that people understand that somebody's sexual preference shouldn't really matter."
Fellow wrestler John Cena expressed his support for Young, telling TMZ “Oh wonderful. I know Darren personally. Darren’s a great guy. That’s a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it.”
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