#16 - EXPLOITING ORLANDO JORDAN’S BISEXUALITYNext
Look at how WWE treated Darren Young after his much-publicized coming-out on TMZ. Sure, he’s barely on TV these days, but when he came out as gay in 2013, it didn’t affect his push as one-half of the Prime Time Players. His sexual orientation was not made a big deal of in storylines, except maybe for that one-time, off-the-cuff "rainbow" reference in a Prime Time Players promo. Now look at Orlando Jordan, who came out as bisexual in 2010. Well, he did admit to suggesting using his sexual orientation as a gimmick during his time in WWE, but when he debuted the gimmick in TNA, it was done in a rather tasteless manner.
The gimmick, for one, involved Jordan squirting himself with a semen-like substance, while staring at the good-looking, muscular Rob Terry. Take note that the angle debuted right after Jordan came out, and take note of how stereotypical it appeared. If you want a TNA example of why wrestling hasn’t always handled LGBT gimmicks with sensitivity, there you go.