SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The New Day took the knee on WWE TV in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The United States of America is currently in the middle of a nationwide unrest following the tragic death of Geroge Floyd. Many have since spoken on the topic with several WWE stars sharing their opinion on the matter on social media and interviews.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day have been very vocal with their solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. They have spoken on the issue on their podcast and even took a knee inside the ring on an episode of SmackDown.
Many believed that this caused backlash within the company and Big E and Kofi Kingston received pushback from the WWE afterwards. Big E spoke on The Sports Bubble with Jensen Karp podcast and addressed the issue.
WWE star Big E reveals Vince McMahon’s reaction to him taking a knee
So, we’ve done a few things, and I think we’re going to continue to use some things like you mentioned, taking a knee, to bring attention to this movement on SmackDown. And the nice thing is, you know, we ran it by Vince McMahon, our boss, and he approved it. We got no pushback there,” Big E clarified.
The former Intercontinental champion revealed that the company was actually supportive of them.
“We got a lot of support from the company with the podcast and we can’t typically put out video. Not the whole video because of the way the contract is with our podcast, but they were so supportive with us putting up the whole conversation because we felt like it was important for people to listen to this hour plus, and to see it and to see our faces and see our expressions.”
Big E also spoke of the importance of having honest conversations in order to help people of all communities.
“So, it’s been a lot of that, just trying to do the work in our communities to try to stay on top of this, to keep even just keeping the conversations going, man, honestly, just to keep talking about this,” Big E expressed. “And I think too often, we just shied away from this because we didn’t want to be labeled a racist, and it can be uncomfortable because as soon as you feel that someone is saying you’re racist or you’re racially insensitive, your first instinct can be to backpedal or to defend yourself.
“It’s not about labeling people around me racist or pointing fingers. It’s about having these honest conversations and analyzing the biases that we carry and being honest about that.”
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