As we noted, AEW star Anthony Bowens was subjected to a profanity about homosexuals from a fan on last week’s AEW Gunpowder at the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY.
In a recent interview with TMZBowens said he’s glad the incident was captured on video, as it proves that there’s still more work to be done to make the list.
“Unfortunately, that kind of stuff comes with territory, for being an LGBTQ athlete,” Bowens said. “This is really the first time I’ve heard something like it in a performance or on a TV show.”
Bowens has made it clear that the isolated incident is not indicative of the AEW fan base.
“This is not a sign of AEW fans,” Bowens insisted. “Any interactions I’ve had with them since founding the company have been positive.”
The incident in question occurred during an eight-man tag team match between The Acclaimed (Bowens and Max Caster) and 2Point0 (Jeff Parker and Matt Lee) against The Varsity Blondes (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) and The Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus). Babyfaces won the match after Jungle Boy traps Caster in the Snare Trap to win first.
Bowens – who was bisexual in 2017, but now identifies as gay – added that he has been accustomed to homophobic slurs since he and his boyfriend started a YouTube channel.
“I really have thick skin, I got used to that from my boyfriend and I,” says Bowens. “We have our YouTube channel and when we first started, the comments were brutal. I can’t even repeat them”.
You can watch Anthony Bowens’ full interview below.
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2021/12/aew-star-reacts-to-fan-yelling-a-homophobic-slur-at-him-on-aew-dynamite/ AEW star Anthony Bowens speaks to a fan berating a homosexual for him