Bianca Belair receives racist abuse for being featured as WWE 2K24 cover Superstar

Mar 7, 2024 - by Colin Vassallo

A WWE Games Instagram post with a photo of Cody Rhodes flanked by Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair as cover Superstars for WWE 2K24 received several racist comments as “fans” targeted Bianca Belair.

“Bianca doesnt belong. But I guess gotta have a black,” IG user e3crock wrote on the post.

“The two on the left yes. Bianca. Absolutely not,” said another IG user with the name matt_sorrow13.

“Why Bianca,” wrote garou_gl, while hdotlika added, “Lol y’all only included Bianca because, you know, “diversity.’”

User realist_feline_inthe_sticks added, “F bianca in a Confederate flag way.”

Pedro5753 wrote, “3?? All I can see are Rhea and Cody only…”

These comments are just some of the tons of comments posted by racist so-called fans, most of which were met with condemnation from other Instagram users.

Current WWE Women’s World champion Rhea Ripley also posted on X reacting to the horrible comments.

“EST ain’t just a nickname… @BiancaBelairWWE is a history maker, a trailblazer, and one of the nicest humans that you would have the privilege to ever meet. Y’all just mad that she’s better than you,” Ripley wrote.

Zelina Vega also chimed in, adding, “Bianca is one of the best this business and WORLD has ever seen. When I think of a hard worker, stand out, path paver, and someone who is genuinely a proud representation of her culture, it’s Bianca. She deserves everything she’s gotten and MORE. She EARNED the name EST. The “fans” that took part in the blatant disrespect and hate towards her and other black men and women should be ashamed and embarrassed. It’s disgusting. But your hate will never EVER dim their shine. We love you B. You continue to be an inspiration to all of us.”

Former WWE champion Big E wrote that black women in this industry face a regular barrage of racism and misogyny from “fans” and have been for far too long.

“You cannot diminish their light. You cannot erase their contributions to this industry,” E wrote.

Colin Vassallo has been editor of Wrestling-Online since 1996

19 Responses

  1. Olivia says:

    Bianca is awesome. She deserved the cover. Screw the haters.

  2. USA #1 says:

    Pointless article. It’s a free country..

  3. Denis says:

    Yes USA #1 just like your comment was pointless.

  4. Pisto75666 says:

    Absolutely right it’s a free country.

    Just like it’s a free for me to say the haters attacking Bianca all have IQ’s of about -1

  5. Iceman says:

    ‘MuriKKKah strikes again.

  6. DB says:

    All three are great performers in the ring. All three have earned the right to be on the cover of 2K24. The best thing Bianca can do is to continue being herself. I hope they use the second photo of them all smiling somewhere on the physical media. I like that photo.

  7. Joseph says:

    Some of these comments are racist comments, but saying you don’t like someone, who happens to be black, isn’t racist.

  8. dooman says:

    you are just giving the negative comments what they want…attention just let them be you are not going to change their minds

  9. Salt Lick says:

    Some fans will be upset about anything. I don’t see a problem with Bianca on the cover.

  10. What? says:

    @Joseph: Yes, that is a distinction that sometimes gets missed. Not liking someone who happens to be black is not racist. Not liking people because they are black, or intimating that an honor they received or something they achieved was only because they are black, kinda is.

  11. CM Chippunk says:

    I’m not a big Belair fan, and I think she is produced fairly poorly (e.g., the way she fan-girled when Becky returned and interrupted her match at SummerSlam ’21 … imagine Rock or Austin reacting the same way for the other); however, she was champ for well over a year. These people are acting like they threw a jobber in the promo pic. This is definitively not an instance of inclusion for the sake of “diversity”.

  12. Warmongercountry #1 says:

    And once again the intolerant racist and fascist boomer USA #1 strikes again with one of his tasteless comments, while other comments won’t even be published. That isn’t freedom of speech, that’s double standard and the comments of the patridiot should be held back too, or Steve Gerweck is embarassing himself.

    How many racists do you need to change a lightbulb? None. Nobody needs racists.

  13. Luke says:

    Objectively speaking, Bianca is more deserving than Cody. Cody was never a world champion…

    But the problem here isn’t racism, it’s people who are pieces of sh-t. Take away this avenue and they will find another one. Since they can’t be exterminated, maybe the weak who let things like this get to them shouldn’t be coddled, maybe they should be toughened up.

  14. art123guy says:

    Racists gotta race. Wait, is that right?

  15. dooman says:

    for the record i turn the channel everytime belair is on tv does that make me racist i just do not like her preformances

  16. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    Bunch of racist a$$holes. Piss on all of the chickensh!t f**ks hiding behind their keyboard. Because we know they wouldn’t say any of that in public,.

  17. John says:

    Why is Bianca being on the cover an issue? Who cares, it’s silly to even make a fuss over it.

  18. Joseph says:

    @What? – I agree with you. Not liking someone because of the color of their skin is racist. But again, that’s not all the comments quoted in the article. Some, yes, but not all.
    So for this article to say “These comments are just some of the tons of comments posted by racist so-called fans, most of which were met with condemnation from other Instagram users.” is just wrong because not all the comments are in fact racist comments.

  19. Brad says:

    @dooman I’ve been saying that for years. The only chance you have to ever eat rid of these idiots is to pretend they don’t exist. By responding you’re just making their day.

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