The first paragraph of a PoliticusUSA article reads: "Glenn Beck may be this close to finally fulfilling his sideshow clown destiny as he has been offered a chance to appear on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night to defend the Tea Party"
The last sentence of the article reads: "Nothing says the tea party is dead like being mocked by the WWE"
What's in-between is hilarious.
It seems that in a press release dated February 22, 2013
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. Read More
So what's the back story?
I've not paid any attention to the WWE since "The Rock" was in his prime, so I, like many who grab the clicker as soon as a hint of WWE is heard, had not idea that the WWE had a new villain based on the tea party. Or that this rabid tea party villain had been - very appropriately - named Zeb Coulter.
For me all of this is just comedy theater, but as you might imagine the right wing was not pleased with the mockery, and after Zeb delivered his State of the Union message on Monday Night Raw (February 18, President's Day), Glenn Beck was frothing at the mouth.
Beck attacked the WWE with an insane conspiracy theory saying:
So may I ask: Did George Soros buy the WWE? Is this a Cass Sunstein presentation? And maybe it’s just us. Maybe ‑‑ you know what? Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe that’s the way WWE people view the TEA Party. And maybe they love to hate the TEA Party. But I have to tell you, I expect that from Hollywood, but I don’t expect ‑‑ if I’m getting my entertainment from somebody that I think is on my side ‑‑ and I’m sorry. I just don’t see a bunch of progressives going and buying their tickets to the WWE. Do you? I mean, and maybe there are. I tend to notice that the progressives are not as popular in the South unless they've moved from the North. So I’m just trying to figure out exactly who they’re trying to appeal here, who they’re appealing to. Read More
The WWE has countered by inviting Beck to appear this coming week on their flagship program, Monday Night Raw. Read Press Release
The WWE is scripted entertainment and this exchange is like so many of the WWE story lines that I have to wonder if this is really just theater and a publicity stunt for both the WWE and for Beck, who has certainly been out of the spot light since he was dismissed from Fox News almost two years ago.