Good. The 'jokes' aimed at JR, in particular, bother me to no end. Makes me smile to see that singled out.
Muchnick's full response http://concussioninc.net/?p=5893Linda Sánchez, the U.S. Representative for California's 39th congressional district, is being criticized for promoting WWE's multi-platform, nationwide anti-bullying campaign, "be a STAR," at a rally last Friday at Whittier, California's Parnell Park in the Los Angeles area. She had a Twitter exchange with Irv Muchnick, author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death and Wrestling Babylon, regarding her appearance, who noted his displeasure with his favorite congressperson on football brain injuries being "coopted by WWE/Linda McMahon propaganda."
Sánchez responded to his remark, tweeting, "As a mother & lawmaker, bullying prevention is very important 2 me. I speak w/ kids re: the dangers of bullying any chance I get." Muchnick then wrote, "Respectfully, I don’t think you know background of why WWE, biggest bully on the block, is involved in this campaign…."
Sánchez’s communications director, Adam Hudson, responded to Muchnik's concerns Monday via e-mail: "We saw your Tweets regarding Linda speaking at anti-bullying events with the WWE and other celebrities. I’m happy to follow up on why Linda was there if you would like. Regards.”
Muchnick then gave a lengthy response stating his belief that prominent politicians such as herself and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also spoke at the anti-bullying rally, should not get in bed with WWE by covering, "or, worse, extolling the company’s self-aggrandizing propaganda." He details the hypocrisy of WWE promoting an anti-bullying campaign when the sport-entertainment organization, or rather, the McMahon family, has ingrained a toxic culture of bullying in their workplace. He notes, "WWE became part of the Be A Star campaign in the first place only because the company was dealing with the public relations fallout of controversial actions, gestures, and public utterances of its performers, which put them at odds with organizations such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation."
Muchnick then lists examples of WWE compromising it's anti-bullying campaign, including company chief Vince McMahon mocking announcer Jim Ross’ affliction with Bell’s Palsy in a backstage segment on the June 11 episode of Raw. He details, "Recently, to great televised and dressing-room glee, the Monday Night Raw program on the USA cable network broadcast a parody of on-and-off announcer and company executive Jim Ross. Mocking Mr. Ross’s bouts with the disease Bell’s Palsy, which has partially paralyzed his face, the talent performing the parody twisted his own mouth theatrically and grotesquely, while a commentator chimed in with unrestrained mirth. Here, the on-air bullying anecdote harshly illuminated the same methods in WWE’s backstage relations with its own employees."
Muchnick adds, "I think our conversation on this matter can advance public understanding of the bullying issue, as well as provide fodder for the Senate race in Connecticut between Ms. McMahon and her Democratic opponent, Chris Murphy."
not anymore, but that doesn't mean she wasn't associated with it for years and her campaign isn't funded by its profits.Does Linda even have a position in WWE?
If the fictional characters doing the bullying were being presented as good people and role models and bullying was presented as funny and cool to do, then yes.I have to wonder...if a movie production company like Fox or Paramount were to join an anti-bullying campaign whilst simultaneously producing fictional movies that included bullying, would that be hypocritical? If not, why not?
That sums it up perfectly why WWE are hypocrites with these campaigns. Vince, Lawler and Cena were not heels when they mocked someone. Hell, Lawler and Cena even wanted that the fans laugh with themIf the fictional characters doing the bullying were being presented as good people and role models and bullying was presented as funny and cool to do, then yes.
Excellent post. The problem is Vince tried since the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection in the early eighties to be part of the mainstream and he will try to do that until he dies. He will never learn from his mistakes otherwise he would shut WWE films down after the third crappy movie in a row.Vince McMahon & WWE as a whole need to cut the fucking shit. They are a professional wrestling company. The largest in the world. They need to accept that & embrace that. They are not a movie studio. They are not in the political game. They are not social media ambassadors. You support the troops, have a video game & a toy line, that's great...but you're a WRESTLING PROMOTION. Stop trying to beat around the bush, stop trying to gain mainstream acceptance & just be the best that you can be in your given area of expertize.
Stop blowing money in areas that you do not know anything about. Stop being embarrassed by your roots. Men and women have broken their bodies and in some cases given their lives for you and your company. The fans have given you time, money & years of their life and support to your promotion & product. It is a slap in the face to all of the fans, all of the employees & all of their families to call yourself "entertainment" & act like wrestling is a dirty word. Why on earth are you publicly traded? None of it makes any sense! It's a bunch of carnies that woke-up with a hair up their ass one day & decided that "Hey, I think today we're going to branch out & try to look legitimate & bright!"
The "Be A Star!" campaign, and TV-PG & "Stand Up For WWE!" it's all ridiculous. Not to mention, more often than not, hypocritical to your product.
WWE should be where the very best in the professional wrestling industry strive to reach. Not for the bigger paychecks but to prove that they're the best at their craft. Instead, we have barely trained women flailing around while being mocked by the awful commentators. We have "skits" that are so painfully bad they're lambasted on The Soup on the E! network or wrestlers making numbskull decisions that land them on TMZ & give WWE even more bad press.
The average professional wrestler is going to be a person that thought it was a good idea to travel the world for years, working 300+ dates a year, breaking his or her body in front of fans in various states for a living, only to be pestered while in restaurants or airports when away from the ring. Many of which have to seek the aid of drugs to deal with the pain. And these are the scholars that you think it's a good idea to give a voice to the public with 24/7, 365 via Twitter or Tout and you PROMOTE that?
Damn near every decision WWE makes is the wrong one & it's been that way since about 2001.
I would believe so. Unless that movie is about anti bullying, it goes against what they supposedly believe in if thats the case.I have to wonder...if a movie production company like Fox or Paramount were to join an anti-bullying campaign whilst simultaneously producing fictional movies that included bullying, would that be hypocritical? If not, why not?
PC was already doing that shitThe whole campaign along with the anti-bullying thing is a joke anyway.They are trying to turn this generation of kids into fucking pussys.