Throughout an interview with Newsday selling WWE’s lately launched hardcover ebook on The New Day, Xavier Woods responded to accusations that his staff’s behavior of handing out pancakes to followers at ringside perpetuates a racial stereotype from the early 20th century.
Woods mentioned The New Day’s love for pancakes has nothing to do with century-old literature and the whole lot to do with a Lumberjack Match they participated in late final yr.
“I mentioned, ‘Nicely, if I am a lumberjack, what do they eat? They eat flapjacks.’ It was hilarious. So, we mentioned the following week, ‘Are we going to do pancakes? Yeah, positive. Why not?’ And that is the place the pancakes got here from,” Woods mentioned.
“If there’s ever any supply of competition or something like that, I believe that it is a scenario the place you must check out your self and take into consideration how deep you’re looking into one thing that is probably not there.”
Woods provides that he and his companions, Big E and Kofi Kingston, are “very conscious of how we current ourselves,” but additionally don’t need their wacky antics dissected below a racial lens “just because we’re African-American males.”
“All we wish is a clean slate,” Woods mentioned. “And if individuals proceed to refuse to present us one, then they’re doing nothing greater than persevering with to carry up the social constructs that we’re making an attempt to interrupt down.”
Woods additionally defined the variations between himself, Large E and Kingston, in addition to what followers can anticipate with The E book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. By no means Be It.: From WWE’s The New Day. For the complete article, click here.