Re: Double standards in WWE (tensai rascist comment vs A.W.'s rapist comment)
Tensai also used the phrase "open your eyes" in that tout, a clear racial slur. Just saying, I believe if one guy is fired for a joke about a rape case from nearly ten years ago, it's only right that the same punishment be applied to a guy who made a racial joke, both are very sensitive issues.
I'd go ahead and fire him, you know how I feel about Tensai, but I just don't think it's THAT big of an issue. Yeah, it's a reference to the stereotype that Asians have small eyes, but it's not the same as referencing sexual assault. Maybe it's just me because I'm white, so I don't get offended at racial jokes that easily because I'm not a minority, but I just don't see that big of a deal with it. I mean, if he had said something to Booker T about picking cotton or something, then yes, I can understand the outrage and could justify the firing, because then you bring it up to the same standard as rape, with a comment about the slavery of a people, but I don't see the big deal in this one.
If it was up to me both guys would go unpunished, the world has gone mad with being politically correct, but it most certainly is double standard to fire one guy and not the other. Don't even get me started on Vince, who preaches for kids to "be a star" whilst poking fun at one of his longest and most loyal employees bells palsy.
No argument there. Except on the double standard part, because I don't think it's the SAME standard. I wouldn't hold, in my opinion, a harmless racial joke, and in my opinion, it wasn't severe, it was harmless, in the same regard as a joke about rape, forcing sex on somebody, physically assaulting them and scarring them for life. I just don't think they're in the same ballpark. The only similarity is that they're both comments that could be deemed offensive to varying degrees, but AW's was much worse. And like I said, you have to find a line between what's acceptable and what's too far, because if you fire everybody who makes an offensive joke, you're not going to have a company anymore, because everybody does it. It's all about the degree of offense.
As for managers not being important, trash like Vickie? yes but AW was a different case, he was arguably the most important member of The Prime Time Players, without him they will suffer for sure and as a result, the tag division as a whole will.
Well, we know how much Vince cares about the tag team division.
I get that AW was getting them more over, but to be honest, all he did was introduce them and then talk over the competitors in the ring. All managers today have been reduced to nothing, the only exception is Heyman because he was brought in for one specific angle. This is not like firing Bobby The Brain Heenan or Jim Cornette, as good as he is, AW is inconsequential. The tag division isn't going to greatly suffer unless they want it to. One manager getting fired is not going to thrown the WWE tag division into chaos, the only thing that will do that is a lack of focus and refusal to allow more teams to challenge for the belts.