Anthony Bowens was the target of a fan’s homophobic slur during AEW’s recent Dynamite at the UBS Arena on Long Island. Video of the event circulated on social media, and Bowens himself even gave a brief response. Now, he’s talking about the incident more in-depth.

The AEW star spoke with TMZ Sports. He said he was glad the slur was captured on video. He says it serves as proof that more needs to be done. He said that while it comes with the territory, it’s the first time he’s ever heard such a slur from a fan.

“Unfortunately that kind of stuff comes with the territory, being an out LGBTQ athlete.

This is actually the first time that I’ve audibly heard something like that during a performance or during television.”


Bowens came out as bisexual in 2017, but now identifies as gay. He says that since he’s gone public, he’s had plenty of problems with intolerant people. He also said that he’s faced far worse.

“I have really thick skin, I’m kind of used to it from my boyfriend Michael and I. We have our YouTube channel and when we first started that the comments were brutal.

I can’t even repeat them.”

Anthony Bowens expressed that he was happy with the way AEW handled the situation. He indicated that this one act was not indicative of how AEW fans act in general. He’s had almost completely positive interactions with fans since starting with the company.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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