While on a tour this past week in Australia, CM Punk became embroiled in an argument with a fan at ringside. During the argument, Punk began to berate a male fan and took it somewhere that the WWE is shying away from.
CM Punk made a homophobic remark towards the fan and continued to taunt him about being feminine.
While this may have been something the company would have ignored publicly in the past, they are unable to do so at this point. On April 29, 2011, the WWE along with the Creative Coalition launched the "Be a Star" program to put an end to bullying. This campaign also includes groups such a GLAAD and True Educator Inc.
GLAAD in particular would take a special interest in this, as a homophobic slur is exactly what they are trying to eliminate with youth, all over the world.
The WWE released the following statement to TMZ.com as soon as this story was picked up on their website:
"WWE does not condone this type of language or bias and we reinforce that with our talent who are independent contractors."
CM Punk responded with the following tweet on his twitter account (@CMPunk):
"I'm glad TMZ posted that video because everybody needs to be held accountable for their bullshit, me included. What I said was bullshit.
...I'm embarrassed. I own up to being a total douche in this situation and I offer a sincere apology to anybody I hurt with careless words."
You can watch this incident below: