Is WWE Beating Up the Tea Party? WWE Stands Behind Controversial Wrestling Storyline THR
World Wrestling Entertainment is under fire from conservatives who say a wrestler and his manager are bashing the Tea Party with their immigrant-bashing personas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The complaints started a week ago on "Monday Night Raw," when wrestler Jack Swagger called his manager Zeb Colter into the ring to talk to the crowd about "true patriotism," the story says.
According to conservative site Breitbart.com, the pair in other promotional videos are heard "talking about freeloading immigrants and welfare recipients in front of the Gadsden flag, which has become symbolic of the Tea Party movement."
For its part, WWE appears to be sticking with its scripts, calling the characters part of a storyline that reflects current events.
"To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines," WWE Senior VP of Marketing and Communications Brian Flinn is quoted as saying. "WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters."
Flinn added: "This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view."