Jericho was at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival two weeks ago … for a screening of a movie in which he appears. During a Q&A session, Jericho referred to the moderator several times as “Hadji” — a term sometimes used as a racial slur against Middle Easterners.
After the first wave of slurs — and a random shot at Paris Hilton — the host jokingly takes Jericho’s drink to sniff it for booze, when Chris chimes back, “it’s apple juice … fag.”
To (somewhat literally) play Devil’s advocate: Hadji is also the name of Johnny Quest’s sidekick. The Johnny Quest reference makes much more sense in this context and though equally incorrect (Lobo and I share the Portuguese genes — Lobo was my grandma’s maiden name) it is somewhat less offensive.
Jericho, of course issued a weak complaint and said it was all in good fun, though in this follow up story on TMZ Mr Lobo says
homoerotic entertainer Chris Jericho’s version of things is incorrect.
The video shows Mr Lobo is a real pro with some serious hosting/live appearance chops. I doubt he is really all that offended by the whole thing — after all, a horror fest is not known for political correctness, and the video clip doesn’t seem too over the top. In the clip, he’s actually trying to play the situation for laughs, which SFT points out could only have been accomplished by sheer will.
It doesn’t seem like the audience is that shocked by it either: Mr Lobo is their Tom Brokaw, but I assume there is a big WWE/horror film fest crossover audience.