WWE star and New Day member recently spoke with Newsday, and during the interview, Woods spoke out against recent accusations that the New Day’s use of Pancakes as their chief prop as of late perpetuates a racial stereotype stemming from century-old literature.
On the origin of the group using pancakes, Woods revealed the following:
“I said, ‘Well, if I’m a lumberjack, what do they eat? They eat flapjacks.’ It was hilarious. So, we said the next week, ‘Are we going to do pancakes? Yeah, sure. Why not?’ And that’s where the pancakes came from,” Woods said. “If there’s ever any source of contention or anything like that, I think that it’s a situation where you should take a look at yourself and think about how deep you are looking into something that’s not really there.”
On people dissecting The New Day’s “antics” simply because they are three African-American men, Woods had the following to say:
“[We are] very aware of how we present ourselves…All we want is a blank slate. And if people continue to refuse to give us one, then they’re doing nothing more than continuing to hold up the social constructs that we’re trying to break down.”
As noted, The New Day’s new book, “The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It,” is now available for purchase at this link.