AEW Spanish Commentator Caught Making Fun of Asian Accents

May 29, 2021 - by Allen Rockum

AEW Spanish Announcer Caught Making Fun of Asian Accents on AEW Dynamite that was aired on FITE TV. As being reported by Fightful.com by Luis Pulido & Gisberto Guzzo.

https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/aew-spanish-announcer-caught-making-fun-asian-accents-aew-dynamite

On the May 28th episode of AEW Dynamite, the promotion held a 1-Year Anniversary Celebration to commemorate Hikaru Shida’s historic run as their Women’s World Champion. She first won the title at Double or Nothing 2020 from Nyla Rose. Tonight, they presented her with a new gold-plated, diamond-encrusted belt.

Unfortunately, before the segment got underway, the Spanish announce team’s microphones were left on and their conversation could be heard during the commercial break on Fite TV. Alex Abrahantes asked Willie Urbina to do translation for Shida’s promo. This led to him doing an impression of Shida which saw him making fun of Asian accents.

The exchange was translated for Fightful by Luis Pulido (@theluispulido).

Alex Abrahantes: “Do Shida.” (As in translate her promo)

Willie Urbina: Speaks incoherently using a stereotypical accent.

Thunder Rosa: “Shut up, holy crap!” (Laughs)

Willie Urbina: Continues on with accent.

Thunder Rosa: “I will throw the pen at you if you don’t stop.” (Said in a joking manner)

Dasha Kuret: “Stop it! You are mean.” (Seemingly addressing Urbina, sounding crossed about it)

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Hugo Savinovich (through the Lucha Libre Online account) Tweeted out the following in regards to the aforementioned scenario.

El que los micrófonos hayan estado abiertos no es culpa de los comentaristas. Nuestra intención fue sólo avisarles y ya lograron cerrar los micrófonos para las pausas comerciales. Fue un error de producción. De hecho, lo noté cuando cambié el idioma a español en la segunda hora.

— Lucha Libre Online (@luchalibreonlin) May 29, 2021
Translation: “A friendly reminder to our friends at the Spanish commentary table of #AEW dynamite that while they are on commercial breaks, all the private conversation they are having is heard on FITE TV.

That the microphones were open is not the fault of the commenters. Our intention was only to warn them and they have already managed to close the microphones for the commercial breaks. It was a production error. In fact, I noticed it when I switched the language to Spanish in the second hour.”

Lucha Libre Online would then delete the reply tweet they issued.

On March 19th, Shida released a video addressing #StopAsianHate and how she would like to see everyone treated equally so it’ll be interesting to see her response as well as those from All Elite Wrestling.

11 Responses

  1. Luke says:

    If she has a working brain in her head, she’ll laugh it off. This isn’t hate, it’s harmless fun. Hate is something I’m expecting to see in the following comments under this post.

  2. Steve says:

    So perpetuating a stereotype isn’t hate. Hmmm… if it were a Black/Latinx wrestler that would have mafeo be fun of how fast would Urbina have been fired. Guess Asian hate is okay. Tony Khan should have acted swiftly and got rid of the racist commentators Urbina and the wrestler Thunder Rose.
    Racism is funny.

  3. Job says:

    So wait Hugo Savinovich was okay with the racist rant cuz the mic was suppose to be off. Then he deletes the tweet. Isn’t Hugo Savinovich always talking sh* about how the wwe is racist towards Latinos. Google his interview with Andrade. Hugo Savinovich so you can be racist off camera and it doesnt make a racist period.

  4. Rob Dam Van! Shirt Typo! says:

    People are making this a bigger deal than it is. They’re acting like these people said something outlandish. They mocked an accent. Yeah, maybe don’t do that at work with a headset on (duh), but calm the hell down people. You’ve never repeated something you heard in a movie with an accent? We’re really starting to try and call anything and everything racist.

  5. fairfax says:

    You guys think that’s something??? There’s this little gem of a MIGHTY OFFENSIVE film that most def doesn’t appreciate the intricacies of the Japanese/English speaking accent….Fa, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Raaaa….to be JORRY Fa, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra, Raaaaaa!!! I for one think that HATE like that could put an eye out!!!! And they HATE Italians as well….FRA-GEE-LAY!!! Am I right or what!!! So….AEW? *CANCELLED* A Christmas Story? *CANCELLED* Christmas itself is body shaming overweight AND short people so…..? *CANCELLED* Once everyone is so androgynous that nobody can tell a Nyla from a Brian Cage and the despicable “chalkys” hide their white chalky skin from the rest of the world then nothing less will be accepted. I’m just happy to see all these AEW fans telling it like it is….HATE, PLAIN&SIMPLE and nothing less that CANCELLING ALL AEW PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONS OVERALL WILL SUFFICE!!!!

  6. Pisto75666 says:

    @Steve

    100%. And if these commentators were making fun of a white person, all the comments up above saying it was no big deal would be whining for them to be fired.

    @Luke

    I’m curious…which part was the “harmless fun” part?

  7. Joseph says:

    Would anyone even bat an eye if they had mocked a German, Russian, or even a southern accent?

  8. Luke says:

    @Pisto75666
    There was no harmless fun “part”. They were having fun, it didn’t harm anyone, ergo: harmless fun.
    As for your first comment, I’m Polish. I’ve never taken offense to a Polish joke. Some of them are hilarious. So that argument goes out the door.

    @Steve
    No, perpetuating a stereotype isn’t hate. Asuka, Walter, Apollo Crews (first ones that come to mind), they’re all perpetuating a stereotype. Please learn to think. Speaking of Crews and perpetuating a stereotype, Commander Azeez is Polish. Should that offend me?

    Do the two of you really believe that Urbina hates Shida or Asians based on this situation?

    Oh, and by the way, your outrage is not exactly politically correct. Asian? What do e.g. Russians or Pakistanis have to do with anything here? Or even the Chinese or Koreans for that matter? Did someone say something about perpetuating a stereotype?

  9. Brad says:

    I really don’t have an opinion on this one way or another. I just can’t help but wonder if these people who are defending this guy would do so if this was a WWE announcer.

  10. Taxx W. Hoodchicken says:

    As long s AEW gets cancelled, I’m “all in”

  11. Luke says:

    @Brad
    Wouldn’t make a difference to me, it’s about the backlash to the situation. I’m far from an AEW fanboy.

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