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Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

Thinking back on it, JYD was a very racist gimmick, possibly the most racist gimmick that WWE ever had.

I mean he wore a chain around his neck... barked like he was a dog, and acted like he was a dog. I mean if someone called you a dog, it's demeaning right?

Or was it just good ole fashion family fun? And it was just mere luck that the black man was choosen to be the dog?
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 01:33 PM
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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

It was racist. Big surprise, an industry full of redneck employers is racist as fuck.
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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

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Thinking back on it, JYD was a very racist gimmick, possibly the most racist gimmick that WWE ever had.

I mean he wore a chain around his neck... barked like he was a dog, and acted like he was a dog. I mean if someone called you a dog, it's demeaning right?

Or was it just good ole fashion family fun? And it was just mere luck that the black man was choosen to be the dog?
The WWF was super racist especially back then. I mean also look how they treated Tony Atlas. Saba Simba. Even Hot Rod shitted on that gimmick and this was a taped show.
I can't believe Vince even let his comments air.

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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

so was Roddy Piper a racist gimmick? Stereotype of Scottish men wearing skirts ass the time acting like blithering idiots.

Is Finalay a racist? The Irishmen who loves to fight
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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

It was a gimmick that made sense at the time. Thousands of African Americans turned out to watch the Dog, they loved him...so did everybody else. One of the first black men to be booked as the top guy in a promotion.


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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

What the hell does any of those have to do with a black man in the south with a dog collar around his neck, jookin & jivin?



I can understand those that think the gimmick was racist (although I don't) but I don't see how JYD's gimmick is even slightly comparable to Piper's or Finlay's, if you're connection is racism.





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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

the two 'gimmicks' mentioned were both very cringe

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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

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so was Roddy Piper a racist gimmick? Stereotype of Scottish men wearing skirts ass the time acting like blithering idiots.

Is Finalay a racist? The Irishmen who loves to fight

It would be really fucking awesome if people would educate themselves on the difference between racism and stereotypes. Just wow.


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Re: Junk Yard Dog, just good fun or racist?

It was racist, but JYD was a good dude and had charisma so he was able to use empowerment and turn a negative gimmick into a positive one.

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