The New Day parodied Booker T‘s infamous n-word slip during a promo last week on SmackDown Live, but the WWE announcer says he didn’t find it funny.
On the most recent episode of Heated Conversations, Booker T talked about the parody of his promo on Hulk Hogan during 1997’s Spring Stampede when he accidentally called his opponent the n-word.
Booker said, “I just want to make it publicly known that I don’t condone that at all especially coming off of Monday night. We as a people, we gotta know when it’s time to speak up and when it’s time to shut up. My mother taught me that a long time ago. If you don’t know, it’ll come back and haunt you.”
As for The New Day, Booker hopes that they and other young superstars will learn from his mistakes.
“I implore these young people out there to know exactly what they’re doing and how they are affecting our young people that are coming up. That’s the most important thing as far as I’m concerned. Me personally, I know I’ve made mistakes. That word that I said on national television in front of the world — I wish I could go back and erase it. I wish that I could take it back. I wish that WWE would never do something like that ever again.”
The WWE Hall of Famer also says that the parody should never have been put on television, “because it wasn’t a great moment for us as black people.”
Booker’s comments can be heard below.