The WWE have been running an angle with two bad guys portrayed as ignorant racists as they head into a match with the world champion, Alberto Del Rio, a Latino wrestler. After talk show host Glenn Beck called wrestlers stupid, according to ABC News on Feb. 23, the WWE challenges Beck to come to "WWE Monday Night Raw" and explain his stance.
Of course, while Beck likes to talk like a big man on his personal talk show, he refused to come to "Raw" to explain his comments, saying he had other obligations "anywhere else" than at the show.
It all started when Beck decided that the WWE having two men act like racists when it comes to immigrants in the United States was a shot at the Tea Party. He said that because the WWE had villains acting like racists, it was too similar to the stance that his Tea Party stands and he said “I can take it from a lot of people. I can’t take it from the stupid wrestling people."
"Stupid wrestling people" consists of over 10 million dedicated viewers of the entertainment form, so his insults involve more people than listen to his show each week. By appearing on "Raw," his words could reach a lot more people. But Glenn Beck is a person who finds himself above "stupid wrestling people."
The WWE's video (which you can see here), the two men involved in the angle (Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger) explain in simplistic terms that wrestling is a television series with storylines, not much different than CSI or NCIS, and the bad guys do inflammatory things based on current topical situations. They even explained how they are performers, and revealed their real names in the video to emphasize the fact that the WWE is entertainment.
It's not clear if Glenn Beck even watched the video, but there is probably little chance of swaying him anyway. Even if it did, he wouldn't stoop to answering when the WWE challenges Beck to speak to the millions and millions of WWE fans who love "stupid wrestling."
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