The Following is from WWE.com's Stand-up for WWE page, which shows a response to an article posted in connecticut-based Darien times by editor Joshua Fischer, who stated WWE is a product "Barely Above Pornography"
Dear Mr. Fisher:
We are writing regarding your column that appeared in the Darien Times on May 17, where you state that WWE is a product “barely above pornography.”
Although this was an opinion piece, your position as editor of the Darien Times would ethically require you to report the facts accurately and not distort the truth. For future editorials and news stories that may pertain to WWE, we wanted you to be aware of the facts so you clearly understand our programming content and the type of entertainment we provide to our more than 300,000 fans in the state of Connecticut and millions around the world.
All WWE television programming features only TV-PG content as rated not by us, but by the network TV distributors and their standards and practices departments. WWE weekly programming has always appeared on basic cable or broadcast television. As any casual television viewer knows, your description of our programming, based on the Federal Communications Commission rules alone, would not be permitted on broadcast television or basic cable.
WWE is family entertainment. In fact, 40% of the millions of fans who attend our live events bring their children. It’s insulting to these parents to think that they would condone their children watching inappropriate content. WWE may not be your personal choice of entertainment, but that does not give you the right to damage our corporate reputation.
On behalf of WWE, its 690 employees and our fans in Connecticut, we would appreciate it if you would stick to factual statements about our organization and brand. For more information on our company, please go to corporate.wwe.com and feel free to reach out to us for the facts in advance of any articles you write relating to WWE.
Senior Vice President
Marketing & Communications
- Linda McMahon says she won’t be distracted by WWE’s war with media outlets in Connecticut that are comparing WWE’s product to violent pornography. We noted how WWE responded to Manchester Journal Inquirer Managing Editor Chris Powell and threatened him with a lawsuit for saying McMahon’s wealth came from “the business of violence, pornography, and general raunch.”
From the CT News Junkie website, McMahon says it’s not a distraction for her:
“It’s not a distraction for me because I’m really focused on what I’m doing. That’s all the WWE. I’m focused on, like today, this jobs tour. We’re going to tour 20 jobs before the end of the week.”
McMahon acknowledged there was some focus on WWE’s content during the last election cycle but voters are more worried about jobs and the economy.
“It was actually a minor part last year, and I really do believe the folks in Connecticut, as I’ve said before, they are focussed on their lives, they’re focused on their children. You talk to women in the Sandwich generation, not just women, they’ve got kids who aren’t finding jobs and are coming back home to live and at the same time they’re caring for aging parents.”