Brody King took Dutch Mantel to task for his comments about CM Punk supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
On the June 17th debut of AEW Collision, CM Punk made his long-awaited return to the company for the first time since All Out. Wrestling legend Dutch Mantel took to social media to call out Punk for carrying a sign that said “Support LGBTQ+ Youth,” wondering why the star needed to express his political views. Mantel wrote:
“Is this a wise move…involving a political issues on a wrestling show? I guess the issue that @budlight and @target have had with the LGBTQ topic has not reached @AEW. This shot didn’t make the show but the still photo is there. Comments. @WSI_YouTube”
House of Black’s Brody King wasted no time in responding to the veteran, calling him an “old bag of s***” for questioning Punk’s sign. King has long been an advocate of LGBTQ+ rights, even participating in 2019’s Gay Young Classic, a drag lip sync competition.
“You probably thought it was a political issue when Black people and Women wanted equal rights too, you old bag of s***.”
You probably thought it was a political issue when Black people and Women wanted equal rights too, you old bag of shit. https://t.co/ZvIJJOsPFS
— Big Bad Brody King (@Brodyxking) June 19, 2023
After Collision went off the air, CM Punk cut an impassioned promo, explaining why it’s so important to him to support trans youth specifically. He had this to say:
“I recently… Listen. I recently reposted something from Pretty Cool Ice Cream. I don’t know if you guys were here two years ago. I bought y’all ice cream. I would’ve done it again, but I thought y’all hated me. We’re coming back soon, don’t worry. You better hope I don’t hate you before then. I reposted something from Pretty Cool Ice Cream, it was an ice cream bar that some of the proceeds or if you purchased a bar, went to support trans youth.
“Listen, I got a lot of hate for reposting that message. Somebody in particular, don’t know who it is, nameless, faceless person on the internet said, ‘Why do you support that trash?’ And I thought about replying, but you can’t argue with stupid, okay? You just both look stupid.
“The reason I support trans kids, trans grownups, gay, straight, lesbian, whoever, is because I know when I was growing up, I didn’t fit in anywhere, but it was because of the clothes I wore, what my hair looked like, the music I listened to. Those are all things I could rectify. I could cut my hair. I could listen to jazz. I don’t know what. But to be somebody who’s gay, lesbian, especially trans, I don’t know what it feels like to be trapped in a body that I don’t feel I belong in. That is why I support that.
“I didn’t fit in anywhere until I found pro wrestling and all the freaks and geeks in the locker room were just like me, maybe because they’re a little bit psychotic and they couldn’t hold on to a real job, but that’s another story. Support trans kids. Support gay and lesbian rights. I want everybody to be themselves. Just do no harm to everybody else. Thank you. I love you.” (h/t PWInsider)
According to a recent report, CM Punk is scheduled to appear on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday, June 21st.