Back in November, Linda McMahon‘s run for the Senate seat in the state of Connecticut came to an end when she lost her election to the Democratic candidate, Chris Murphy. This was her second losing election and might be the last time she ever runs for office. When she lost, many fans of the WWE started to buzz online if the WWE would go back into the more “edgier” direction that they once were traveling before they became more image-conscious because of the race. But it looks as if the edge that we once saw and became accustomed to may be back on the rise and the controversy did not take long at all to make news.
The newly repackaged “All American American” Jack Swagger turned ripples into waves when he won the 2013 Elimination Chamber match this past Sunday to earn the right to face the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, at Wrestlemania 29. Before the match, Swagger and his new manager Uncle Zeb cut a live promo in front of the sold out crowd regarding their take on the status of America. The comments were a bit tongue in cheek, but was only the appetizer to the comments made the next night on Monday Night Raw.
Zeb and Swagger cut a prerecorded promo where both men were standing in front of the Tea Party flag (the one with the snake that says “Don’t Tread On Me”) while making statements that were anti-immigration and anti-welfare recipients, indicating that the two men were the definition of “True Patriotism”. The comments left many with their eyebrows in the air as it was not expected, but with its veiled racism, the real Tea Party had to make a statement regarding this.
Over the past two weeks Jack Swagger and his “great American” manager Zeb Colter into the ring to lecture the crowd on “true patriotism,” which apparently means immigrant-bashing and veiled racism of the pair “talking about freeloading immigrants and welfare recipients in front of the Gadsden flag, which has become symbolic of the Tea Party.”
Depending on what your political proclivity is, you would either agree or disagree with both of their stances, but it’s apparent that the Tea Party is making it known that they are not affiliated with Zeb or Swagger. The WWE responded to the statement.
WWE has a long history of creating fictional characters that serve as either protagonists or antagonists, no different than other television shows or feature films. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines.
WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters. This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Brothers,Universal Studios or Viacom.
You can’t blame the WWE for this statement. Many entertainment entities and politicians need a reminder that what the WWE does is entertainment. Whenever the WWE does something that is not necessarily connected with them, they are regarded as a “fake circus”. However, once they touch anything that may be too close to home, PR reps feel the need to release public statements.
For as long as the WWE has been around, their world has always been one of over the top colorful characters that only highlight what is going on in reality. Whether you stand on the left, right or in the middle when it comes to this subject, let’s remember what the common denominator is. We’re talking about the same company that at one time had Doink The Clown on the Wrestlemania roster, after all.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports