Austin Aries is attempting to explain himself in a new interview after catching tons of flack over the weekend for using the word “retards” on Twitter and calling Taya Valkyrie “husky.”
Aries was a guest Monday on Wrestling Observer Live and briefly talked to Bryan Alvarez about his now-deleted tweet from over the weekend.
For those who missed it, John Morrison made a joke Friday evening on Twitter about Aries’ height. The wrestler then replied: “Ahh, the form of discrimination that’s still super cool: Short Shaming. If I joked race, retards, your gay look…if I fat shamed your husky wife, INSTANT OUTRAGE!! But you can predictably cut on me over my height, genetics I don’t control, and it’s just FUNNY!”
The tweet was deleted the next morning.
“The thing is, if you really read what I’m saying in my tweet — if you really actually read what I’m saying — I’m not condoning any of those things,” Aries explained on Wrestling Observer Live. “I’m saying if I were to make a joke on any of those things, or even mention these words, even type them out without using them in any derogatory way, that people would be outraged.”
Adding, “I wasn’t saying that their outrage was acceptable or non-acceptable, I was just saying that in this day and age we’re outraged about making fun of people or telling them they’re less than because of things that maybe are out of people’s control. Yet when it comes to people’s heighths it’s ok for people to continue to use that and I was simply pointing that out.”
The full interview can be heard behind the paywall on the Wrestling Observer website.