Stephanie McMahon is not exactly known for being the most popular person in charge at WWE and she may well believe her latest claim will be helping that.
In contrast however, McMahon's next idea for a WWE character all but proves how behind the times both she and the company are.
As reported by What Culture, McMahon was speaking with The Daily Beast about WWE's connection with the LGBT community.
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Speaking about one half of the current WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players; Darren Young, who openly came out as gay in August of 2013, Stephanie said:
"Darren Young was the first WWE superstar to really come out as being homosexual, but his character in the show is not. At least, we haven’t done anything with it either way—just yet."
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Following this, McMahon went onto say that a gay character could well be in WWE's future as the company is focused on keeping up to date with what is relevant within society.
She added: "It could very well pop up in WWE because we are all about what’s relevant, and what’s pop culture, and what people want to see. So if there is an opportunity, we might just take it."
Expressing such a point now however is all too late. There have been so many gay characters on other television programming for years which makes WWE's late realisation of it now seem even more like it is not a priority to them.
De Ja Vu
It is particularly interesting that this topic would be brought up with Stephanie McMahon as it mirrors the reaction which came about following her altercation with AJ Lee on Twitter over the Give Divas A Chance movement earlier this year.
AJ responded to a tweet Stephanie posted by stating that the female wrestlers on WWE's roster work just as hard and sell a huge amount of merchandise like the male WWE superstars but do so for a fraction of the pay.
If this was the reception for such a pressing issue in February of this year, there will certainly be some backlash regarding Stephanie's comments about having a gay character within WWE.
It appears as though McMahon feels she is doing right by saying these huge issues are something which is a top priority of the company when, in reality, the WWE Universe is seeing everything but that.
A point also worth making is that although WWE could use Darren Young's sexuality in an angle, doing it now almost two years after he came out would make it seem like the company is using him for it rather than portraying it in a positive light.
Young's sexuality, just like anyone else's, is his own personal life and as that has made no difference up until now it should remain that way.
It is clear that both Stephanie McMahon and WWE should do something in order to promote their willingness to have a gay character on the roster, but that also should have happened some time ago.
One thing is for sure, you only have to look at the crowd's reaction during WWE's London taping of Monday Night Raw earlier this year when Darren Young expressed that rainbow was his favourite colour to see how welcoming the WWE Universe would be of a gay character.