The Acclaimed’s Anthony Bowens has issued a response after a clip from AEW Dynamite did the rounds where a fan could be heard yelling a homophobic slur.
The Acclaimed arrived in Long Island for AEW Dynamite as part of an eight-man tag team match where Bowens and Max Caster teamed with 2Point0 to face The Varsity Blondes and Jurassic Express. The fan favourite’s picked up the winner’s purse after Jungle Boy caught Max Caster in the Snare Trap for the submission victory.
Following Dynamite, a clip from the match did the rounds on social media where a fan can be heard shouting a repulsive homophobic slur while Anthony Bowens was competing in the ring. Bowens, who is openly gay, took to social media to issue a response:
“This is why I posted that photo the other day. Stuff like this unfortunately still exists. Not phased, I’ll just keep fighting against stuff like this til the day I die [rainbow emoji].”
The photo Anthony Bowens is referencing is one where he and his boyfriend can be seen kissing in front of some offensively misguided anti-gay protestors.
— Anthony Bowens (@Bowens_Official) December 5, 2021
One social media user commented that there had also been transphobic comments directed at Nyla Rose and racist remarks aimed at Riho during her victory over Jamie Hayter.
In November 2020 AEW President Tony Khan announced that Bowens and his tag team partner ‘Platinum’ Max Caster had signed 5-year deals with the promotion. The pair are currently ranked as the company’s number three tag team with a 2021 record of 21-5.