I think we've already established over the last couple of months that no one is safe from "cancel culture" and true to form, not even John Cena, arguably one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and professional wrestling is immune to it. The multi-time WWE champion was recently under fire for comments he made during a 2006 interview with Howard Stern that some people deemed problematic.
In the said interview, Cena made comments about late wrestler and colleague Chris Kanyon, saying that the former WCW star "wasn't very good" in the world of professional wrestling. You see, during the time of Cena's Stern appearance, Kanyon portrayed himself as an "openly gay" wrestler. He would later reveal that his wrestling gimmick wasn't exactly a "gimmick" after all and admitted that he was an actual gay man.
Cena's comments about Kanyon, who died in 2010 from antidepressant overdose were unearthed following the premiere of Vice's hit wrestling documentary series The Dark Side of Wrestling. Shockingly enough, a lot of fans equated Cena's criticism of Kanyon's wrestling career to his homosexuality and following the release of the episode, fans took to Twitter to "cancel" the star of The Suicide Squad. Cena even became a hot trending topic on the social media platform.
Naturally, other fans came to Cena's defense, saying that his words were obviously taken out of context.
Can someone really explain how John Cena saying Chris Kanyon wasn’t entertaining equated to him being homophobic?— Michael | Open For Commisions! (@TheRider2345) September 24, 2021
Cause he literally just made an opinion about the guy in the ring. An opinion I don’t agree with but an opinion he has the right to. pic.twitter.com/XX0n4spp3O
This is getting QT'd a lot after last night. John Cena did not say Chris Kanyon "wasn't any good" in a vacuum.— Catch Wrestling U (@CatchWrestling) September 24, 2021
John Cena said it as an apologetic for WWE when stern brought up Kanyon had claimed homophobic treatment. Cena dismissed it, deflected & created a strawman argument. https://t.co/RAJ8AJrHyP
Man I loved Kanyon. So, so much. He was absolutely amazing. The episode is gonna be a tough watch for me, planning on watching it later.— #ActuallyAutistic (@CryptidConn) September 24, 2021
But John Cena isn't homophobic for saying Kanyon wasn't a good wrestler. He's just plain wrong for saying it. Not homophobic, but wrong.
Yall had 40+ minutes of a documentary about a gay wrestler who committed suicide and all yall can talk about is how John Cena said he "wasn't that good" and spun it into him being homophobic.— Jarbo #TNS8 (@HiIamJarbo) September 24, 2021
I swear I hate the IWC with all my heart and soul. Yall are the worst.
People are trying to cancel John Cena for being homophobic, just because he said that Kanyon wasn’t talented?— A Wilde Thing (@ItsAWildeThing) September 24, 2021
That means we all homophobic then because we’ve all said that someone isn’t talented on Twitter before. Most people have said worse.
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Cena, who is quite active on social media hasn't responded to the call from fans to get him "canceled". I gotta say though, there's nothing "homophobic" about his statement and clearly, it was taken out of context by a lot of fans who are seemingly hell-bent on destroying one's career. This is why this entire cancel movement should end.