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PostSubject: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:11 pm

Following WWE programming last week, two story line points emerged which caused some stir on the internet and on social media, and lead to accusations of sexism towards women on WWE TV.

One of the story line points in question was when Ric Flair, at last Sunday’s Royal Rumble, forcibly kissed Becky Lynch during her match to distract her from Charlotte, an act which was mostly lauded by the announce team as a joke. The second story line was on WWE Raw this past week when The Rock delivered a speech to Lana describing an apparent sexual encounter the two had last year.

The story lines prompted writer Alex Groot to pen an editorial over at Vocativ.com, called “WWE’s Looming Sexism Problem”. The following is an article excerpt:

Sadly, such treatment is nothing new for Lana, real name C.J. Perry, who was once positioned in storyline as a strong, confident manager and mouthpiece for Rusev, the “Bulgarian Brute” who tore through much of the roster upon his arrival. But before long, John Cena was calling her a “ho” and suggesting she performed favors to procure matches, rival Ryback was taunting her about “going all the way” with a fellow competitor, and lead commentator Michael Cole led off an interview by probing into her sexual history.

What do all these characters have in common? They were positioned as babyfaces in their storylines, the good guys that fans were expected to support and cheer for. That, for far too long, has been the strange ethos of the WWE, where women are objects, crude name calling is to be cheered, and slut-shaming is righteous. Indeed, it is no secret that the company has a checkered, problematic past, not only with women, but with race, homophobia, and taking care of its own employees. The empire Vince McMahon built has a rather retrograde history, much like that of American professional wrestling, more broadly.

WWE issued an official statement to Vocativ, responding to the article, and it reads as follows:

“WWE programming, which features fictional characters that cover a range of personalities similar to movies and television shows, tells stories of good versus evil. In addition, as our on-going storylines develop, we will continue to position women as both strong competitors and compelling individuals.”
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:47 pm

After watching Rock's segment, I was sure someone would raise this issue...
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:22 pm

" we will continue to position women as both strong competitors and compelling individuals."

continue?

When did it start? Bruh......
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:45 pm

^with Stephanie McMahon and the Bellas of course :V
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:03 pm

Flair's segment wasn't problematic in and of itself, he's a disgusting old man. The problem there was more the announce team's reaction, which I think undersold how creepy and gross Flair came across as. It was a chance to really establish some strong heel qualities, beyond the same cheating shtick he's always done, and they dropped the ball by laughing it off.

Rock was a bigger issue, since we're supposed to like him and find him entertaining and charismatic. Instead he came across like an idiot frat boy that needed a good beating, which never came. I found it hard to get into any of the babyface stuff he did in the ring because I was so disgusted by his behavior backstage.
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:30 am

Even in-Ring, he sounded a bit um... "racist"? Ok, I do understand he did that to rib Byron and stuff, but the whole "black this", "black that" talk during that segment was just... painful to hear...
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PostSubject: Re: WWE Issues Statement Responding to Accusations of Sexism   Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:15 pm

NXT: Sasha Banks is a "Legit Boss" who is seen as a legit threat.

RAW: Sasha Banks is twerking with Naomi.

I totally see it.
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