On a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Live with Bryan Alvarez, IMPACT champion Austin Aries called in to address his controversial Twitter post he made at the expense of his Bound For Glory opponent Johnny Impact. In the since deleted tweet, double-A responded to Johnny calling him short by stating:
Ahh, the form of discrimination that’s still super cool: Short Shaming. If I joked race, retards, your gay look…if I fat shamed your husky wife, INSTANT OUTRAGE!! But you can predictably cut on me over my height, genetics I don’t control, and it’s just FUNNY!
Aries would receive constant criticism online for his comments, and defended himself to Alvarez by claiming that he has just as much a right to be outraged.
The thing is, if you really read what I’m saying in my tweet…if you really actually read what I’m saying…I’m not condoning any of those things. I’m saying if I were to make a joke on any of those things, or even mention these words, even type them out without using them in any derogatory way, that people would be outraged.
I wasn’t saying that their outrage was acceptable or non-acceptable, I was just saying that in this day and age we’re outraged about making fun of people or telling them they’re less than because of things that maybe are out of people’s control. Yet when it comes to people’s height, it’s ok for people to continue to use that and I was simply pointing that out.
Bound for Glory is this Sunday.