The WWE just cannot seem to let Glenn Beck's disparaging remarks about the sports entertainment company, and it's fans, go. On Monday afternoon, the WWE went to Glenn Beck's studios to confront the on-air political commentator. WWE announcer Michael Cole did not get farther than the front desk. Security came downstairs and kicked the WWE off the premises. The entertaining video aired on WWE Raw.
Last week, on an episode of Glenn Beck's television show, Beck ran down the pro wrestling enterprise. On several occasions, the political commentator referred to the WWE and its audience in a disrespectful and negative manner. This includes alluding that all wrestling fans are of poor and low class.
Glenn Beck's outrage was sparked by the WWE character Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter. On television, the two entertainers portrayed "real American." According to Beck, the two characters were characterized as members of the Tea Party, due to a yellow flag hanging in the background during their interviews. However, the WWE never announced their political affiliation. In the last several weeks, Swagger and Coulter came off relatively racist and ignorant during their on air speeches. Beck argues that the WWE is ostracizing the Tea Party, and connected the gimmick to Linda McMahon's failed bid for Senate. However, the WWE rightly justifies the character as something they have done dating back decades. The WWE has often used the real life political landscape to weave truth into their fictitious storylines. This includes 1990's Dessert Storm. Over 20 years ago, Sgt. Slaughter became an Iraqi sympathizer after years of defending Old' Glory.
Vince McMahon and his company are not strangers to criticism, which makes you wonder why McMahon chose to fight this battle. But regardless, the video shows sufficient evidence that Beck is not interested in sharing his views with the WWE audience.