Something’s up between the WWE and wrestler Albert Hardie Jr. aka Jordan Myles, according to News One.
The wrestler took to Twitter to post a photo of a black t-shirt with a design of his name in big white text inside a large red mouth. The shirt has been described as resembling blackface, more specifically the mouth on a sambo doll.
I will keep posting this till my voice is heard. I’m not sorry for anything I say or do.— Jordan Myles (@GoGoMyles) October 27, 2019
Representation is important.
If this is @VinceMcMahon & @TripleH “vision” of me then this is a slap in the face to EVERY African American performer, fan, and supporter. pic.twitter.com/S6Gtg9e4lP
The Vince McMahon run company issued a statement regarding Myles’ claim stating, “Albert Hardie Jr. (aka Jordan Myles) approved this t-shirt for sale. As always, we work collaboratively with all of our performers to develop logos and merchandise designs and get their input and approval before proceeding. This was the same process with Albert, and we responded swiftly once he later requested that the logo/t-shirt be redesigned. No t-shirts were sold.”
Myles said he saw the original design and was uncomfortable with it and countered with another design.
When I originally saw the design I was uncomfortable. Rather than addressing the issue I decided to counter offer with another.— Jordan Myles (@GoGoMyles) October 28, 2019
Baker Landon lied to my face! He said HHH wanted this design so my hands were tied. I spoke with @TripleH in person and his impression was I approved https://t.co/JndOSasTGK
A fan took to Twitter in defense of Myles saying the shirt looks “very similar to blackface.”
WWE makes a shirt for a black performer that looks very similar to blackface. Even if this wasn’t intentional, it’s absolutely ridiculous and Jordan Myles was right to call them out on their bullshit. https://t.co/OIdZ65kCYk— Ryan Buckley (@ryanbuck101) October 27, 2019
As the WWE said in its statement, no shirts were sold and a redesign of some kind happened.
It seems this entire incident has taken a toll on Myles. In a recent Instagram post, Myles apologized for the tweets calling them “disrespectful” and “unprofessional.” He also apologized for the way he handled the situation thus far, “I have offended a ton of people and used anger to fuel me,” the post read in part.
Myles maintains his stance on the shirt being offensive and insists he’s “been lied too, used, and often mistreated by others who I viewed as associates.”
View this post on Instagram
My tweets yesterday were completely disrespectful and were unprofessional. I have offend a ton of people and used anger to fuel me. With that being said.. I’d like to take this time to state an apologize for not giving a shit about what others think of me. The anger I have inside of me has been built up for years now. Call me what you want, but you’ll never EVER be able to call me fake. I’ve been lied too, used, and often mistreated by others who I viewed as associates. I’ve tipped toe around, kept quiet, even took some Ls when necessary. Emotionally charged up due to the shirt which triggered past emotions. I’m never going to be sorry for being me nor will I take back my words. I’m the damn professional wrestler in the WORLD & universe today. My ribs are touching and I’m tired of waiting. Time to snatch plates from those that have been eating far too long and always gets seconds while guys like myself have to eat crumbs from the floor like an unwanted child. For 4 years .. I gave my all to a promotion only to find out that you could only reach so high just as long as you didn’t surpass certain “people”.. I never begged for anything, I never kissed no ass, nor did rub elbows with the right ppl to get ahead. I HUSTTLED, WORKED HARD. I didn’t call Hunter everyday to get booked in New Japan (s/o to NJPW) I earned it. I’ve always wanted to be “The Guy” and of no one will allow me to be in that spot.. I shall blaze my own trail to that spot rather it be by the approval of others or not. Today i shall continue to go the distance. Today I shall Lee moving forward. Today I shall rise up from my past ashes like a Dark Phoenix and promote change in this industry. Remember these words I AM THE BEST IN THE WORLD! AND NO MAN OR WOMAN WILL STOP ME FROM BEING HONEST. GO THE DISTANCE... #MylesAhead #ForTheCulture
The WWE has not responded to this latest statement.
With regards to the shirt and whether or not approval was given, who at the WWE thought a design like this was a good idea?
This controversy and Myles’ subsequent comments highlight yet another example of the everyday microaggressions Black and brown people face.