The WWE has recently given one of their wrestlers, Jack Swagger, a new persona as a Tea Party racist, complete with a manager who is concerned about illegal immigrants and people with “faces not like mine”.
Via The Blaze:
Many conservatives were disgusted after the WWE debuted a “Tea Party” character in Jack Swagger to fight against World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio for the top title April 7.
Cage Side Seats describes him as an “American with twisted values on what his country should look like, complete with a xenophobic and slightly racist manager named Zeb Colter.” The WWE website simply says he’s “hell-bent on fixing everything about them that is ‘broken.’”
Swagger’s character is considered a heel, which essentially amounts to his being the bad guy. The bad guy persona was furthered by casting conservative talk show hosts as fans of the racist character. During one of Swagger’s matches, commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler joked that he and his manager probably get fan mail from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
Beck responded on his Blaze TV program, ripping the WWE for creating a “stereotype of a conservative that I’ve never met” and calling Linda McMahon a “progressive Republican that we worry about”. McMahon is the former CEO of the WWE and helped current Chairman and CEO of the WWE, her husband Vince McMahon, manage their wrestling empire.
Now the WWE has responded by officially inviting Glenn Beck to appear on their primetime Monday night wrestling show, Raw.
Here is the WWE press release:
WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw, in response to a segment that aired on TheBlaze TV yesterday. In the segment, Beck references WWE as “stupid wrestling people,” when criticizing a recent WWE storyline involving WWE characters Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio®, Jack Swagger® and Zeb Colter®. WWE is giving Beck the opportunity to address our 14 million weekly viewers and our global fan base, as he believes we are offending our “conservative” fans with this storyline.
Similar to other television shows and feature films, WWE is in the entertainment business, creating fictional characters that serve as protagonists or antagonists. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines. WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view. This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.
Could a Beck v. McMahon cage match be in the works?