In regards to the Glenn Beck situation, I just have to say that guy is an absolute idiot. I watched/listened to what he had say about Jack Swagger's/Zeb Coutler's promo from Raw this past week and Beck came off as incredibly ignorant.
Firstly, Beck referred to WWE as "stupid wrestling people". That was his first mistake. Pro wrestling has one of the most passionate fan bases in the world. It annoys me to no end how people continue to look down on the product after all these years. Beck trashed the company and those that watch it during the course of his show. As far as I know, many wrestling fans don't degrade those that watch football, baseball or any other sport, so why is it “cool” to look down on anything who watches wrestling? We're all equal. It's simply entertainment. Beck resorting to underhanded tactics such as “name calling” the pro wrestling fan base is simply unnecessary and is merely done to garner a reaction from other outlets.
Obviously, he doesn't realize that wrestling is scripted and some Superstars (i.e. Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter) are portrayed as villains. WWE is doing the whole "racist" angle with Swagger to garner heat. Coulter is making it work. Do I agree with the gimmick? No, because I don't understand why we're supposed to boo a fellow American patriot and boo him for being racist. It's completely convoluted.
However, Beck has his points, but the way he goes about addressing them is absolutely asinine. WWE already issued a statement saying that what Coulter and Swagger said DO NOT reflect the political views of WWE, so what's the problem? It's entertainment. If something they do offends do, then don't watch it. If you don't watch it, then don't comment on it because you probably don't know what you're talking about it. It's as simple as that. A similar feud between JBL and Eddie Guerrero was done in 2004 over the WWE title, where JBL went as far as to go to the Mexican border and find families on the run (in story-line, of course). Nothing was done about that, simply because society wasn't as sensitive back then as it is now. Nowadays, the media will look for anything to make WWE and the pro wrestling business look bad, especially following Linda McMahon's recent Senate race. WWE offered him five minutes on the upcoming edition of Raw to voice his opinions, but he declined, so that's his loss.
WWE is creating quite the controversy with this whole Jack Swagger situation, so I'd be surprised to see them pull the plug on it at this point. They want all the media attention (good or bad) they can get going into WrestleMania in a few weeks. Swagger's recent arrest is a different story, as it deserves to be punished and should be suspended. However, I don't expect that happen for a good while since WWE is making headlines with his gimmick, which is exactly what they want. I, for one, am extremely interested in what WWE does and how they plan to address this whole situation come Monday's Raw, which is already looking like a stacked show from top to bottom.
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