Darren Young, who is openly gay, Tweeted his displeasure for WWE running shows in Abu Dhabi. In comments posted to this verified Twitter account on Tuesday, Young wrote,
Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like abu dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars
Young later deleted the comments and followed with:
WWE issued the following statement:
WWE does not discriminate against individuals regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we continue to proudly support Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young) for being open about his sexuality.
Unfortunately, WWE cannot change cultures and laws around the world, and thus we did not send Fred Rosser to the United Arab Emirates for our upcoming events for his own protection.
WWE also fully supports Fred Rosser’s right to express his views on personal social media accounts rather than WWE’s corporate platforms.
Homosexuality is a crime in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. WWE will run live events there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These shows also do not include any Divas based on the strict laws for how women are to dress and conduct themselves.