World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wants a piece of Glenn Beck after he slammed the franchise for introducing new wrestler Jack Swagger and his manager Zeb Colter, according to a Feb. 22 article in The Hollywood Reporter.
Swagger and Colter reportedly appear in front of Tea Party symbols and slogans, prompting Beck to rail against the WWE for its anti-conservative behavior. The WWE, then issued a challenge to Beck to appear as a guest on Monday Night Raw, which Beck declined, saying, “Unfortunately, I am currently booked doing anything else.”
On his Friday show, Beck implied that conservative fans may want to reconsider their decision to support the franchise after it, in his opinion, made a “villain out of” the Tea Party. “You’re making a villain out of what?” Beck asked. “Probably 80 percent of your audience who’s tired as it is of being miscast? They’re tired of this…I’m sick and tired of being miscast. I am sick and tired of it. It is lazy at best. And I certainly am not going to give any more time or my money to any organization that is miscasting, is making it harder for me and my family to stand up for what I believe in.” In what could be a subtle boycott message, he later added, “We've talked about this for awhile. Put your money where your heart is ... You're gonna be mocked by people you think are friendly to you? No way!”
The WWE responded to Beck’s comments, including his reference to “stupid wrestling people,” with a press release. “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.”
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