Jim Cornette has publicly responded to the controversy from this past Wednesday’s episode of NWA Powerrr when he used a racially insensitive joke on commentary.
The comment he made regarding Trevor Murdoch was “He’s the only man I’ve ever known that can strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia.”
Many not only criticised Cornette for making the comment, but also producers of the show for not editing it out. The show was taken off YouTube and reuploaded with it edited out after it had come to light.
On the most recent episode of his podcast, Cornette said:
“It’s a starvation joke, not a race joke. Whether it’s a good joke or a bad joke, it was a joke that has been told on TBS, USA Network, broadcast television stations across America over a variety of locations for the past 30 years.”
He also addressed why he chose specifically to use fried chicken as the example:
“A bucket of chicken sounds funnier, it’s a funnier visual, than a f***ing plate of sushi.”
“I’m not that sorry, because it was a joke. And if you don’t like the joke, that’s fine, and I’d even apologize for a bad joke. But this goddamn feedback was above and beyond the offense. And I didn’t mean it in any racist way, for f***’s sake. I think the people that took it instantly as racist think that must be the only thing on people’s minds when they think of black people and chicken. Which, that’s a whole nother issue that you’ve got. Because I’m going for Starvin Marvin.”
“I, in no way, was thinking in that direction. To anyone who was legitimately offended by a bad joke in kinda sort of a way and would accept a reasonable apology, as humans sometimes do … yes, I’m sorry. Because I didn’t intend it that way.”
Jim Cornette resigned from the NWA following the incident.
Thanks to ProWrestlingSheet for the quotes