Re: When Attitude started to rub the mainstream the wrong way
I don't think the Attitude Era neccesarily rubbed mainstream the wrong way but it did add some ammunition.
Mainstream already had a bad taste about wrestling (WWE specifically) in the early to mid 90s, during the sexual harassment and steroid scandals. But, since wrestling had long been watched by kids, once the content became adult oriented, it gave media more to complain about. And even then, it was only a small portion.
IMO, wrestling has received more negative attention in the early 90s and after the Benoit murder/suicide because it was real life troubles within the business and not because a form of entertainment some found offensive. Truth is, the rating showed that nobody under 14 should watch without parental advisement and even indicated what may happen on the program. The things that truly rubbed media the wrong way was the 2 periods where wrestling was PG.