Wrestler Jordan Myles calls out WWE, Vince McMahon over smiling ‘Sambo’ shirt

Jordan Myles blackface shirt

Jordan Myles recently, very loudly, pushed back against the release of official WWE merchandise that he believes was designed to resemble racist imagery. Specifically, Myles, one of WWE’s stars, had issues with the design of a shirt: A black, crew cut t-shirt with a design that appears to be smiling red lips, with white lettering spelling out Myles’ name stylized like teeth.

“If this is @VinceMcMahon & @TripleH “vision” of me then this is a slap in the face to EVERY African American performer, fan, and supporter,” Myles, real name Albert Hardie Jr., wrote on Twitter.

Wrestling fans were also quick to call out obvious resemblance to blackface,

In a statement the WWE said Myles approved the design, “As always, we work collaboratively with all of our performers to develop logos and merchandise designs and get their input and approval before proceeding. This was the same process with Albert, and we responded swiftly once he later requested that the logo/t-shirt be redesigned.”

Myles disputes this claim, writing, “When I originally saw the design I was uncomfortable. Rather than addressing the issue I decided to counter offer with another.

Baker Landon lied to my face! He said HHH wanted this design so my hands were tied. I spoke with @TripleH in person and his impression was I approved”

As of last week, WWE stopped selling the shirt, but Myles’ criticism continues, “Does it matter if the shirt was replace? The FACT that they even made the first one overshadows anything till WE get what we deserve.”

Myles also took issue with Hulk Hogan’s return to the WWE. The wrestling legend was fired from the organization in 2015 for throwing around the n-word during 2012 radio interview with SiriusXM. The WWE rehired Hogan in 2018.

“The fact that @HulkHogan is still employed after giving the locker room an apology for being caught says enough.#ForTheCulture”

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