Finn Balor did something very brave (some would not so smart as far as his safety is concerned) while in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Balor tweeted a photo of himself at King Abdullah Sports City a few hours before WWE Super ShowDown. As you can see in the photo, he is wearing an Equality shirt that represents his support for LGBT rights.
The photo was accompanied by this tweet: “Love is love. Happy Pride Month from Saudi Arabia! 🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙 #BalorClubForEveryone”
Wearing the shirt isn’t a big deal in most countries but supporting LGBT rights in Saudi Arabia can come with consequences. Saudi Arabia is among the worst countries when it comes to LGBT rights due to same-sex activity being illegal in that country and anyone outed as being homosexual is subject to punishment including life in prison, death, and torture.
Hopefully, his tweet was sent when he was already on the plane and on his way back to the United States.
— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) June 8, 2019
Last year, fans wondered why Balor didn’t wear his rainbow shirt during the Greatest Royal Rumble event. He said:
My Rainbow Gear was a statement at Wrestlemania Weeekend
Although the gear has not been worn since in 6 appearances(Hartford CT, Cape Town x2,Pretoria, Johannesburg ,St.Louise
My support continues despite any color choice, change or laundry schedule. #dirtypants
— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) April 28, 2018