Linda McMahon’s big fat libel porn necrophilia monkey-head problem (kind of a nakedly SEO headline)

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We released my column early this week. Here it is.

BTW, the China pun crackdown is not a fiction.

It seemed like a mistake to sit on it when so many newspapers were chiming in, including the Waterbury Rep-Am (and the Norwich Bulletin with what struck me with as an especially fair and balanced, comme on dit, handling of the issue).

I stuck to a somewhat comic high concept in the column, but let me say, more seriously, that what is especially mind-boggling about the WWE assault is that pornography is so notoriously a subjective concept. (Hence the famous Potter Stewart line.) That’s why I was within my rights when I referred to the Tiddy Bear and Shake Weight commercials as vaguely pornographic.  Nobody threatened to sue me. Nobody said it was an inaccurate statement. How could it be?

The WWE knows it has a problem. That’s why, at the start of the last campaign, it started taking down putatively pornographic video content from YouTube. (Try clicking on any of those three sex links.)  They said it was for copyright protection, but come on. YouTube is crawling with WWE content. Just not the content that could cause them trouble they don’t want.

The latest: McMahon said she didn’t know the threat was going out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Linda McMahon’s big fat libel porn necrophilia monkey-head problem (kind of a nakedly SEO headline)

  1. Richard

    I agree with the Norwich Bulletin: the WWE is fair game. So is Chris Powell. All press is good press and all that. Likely this was Powell’s best read editorial in years.

    The WWE should create a character called “Pencil-necked CT Press Geek” and have him enter the ring to be squashed by male and female wrestlers alike.

    Why waste a perfectly good press op?

  2. Richard

    The WWE has a problem? Compared to what and who?

    The Advocate’s Personals section featuring scantily clad VIP Sex Toy models? Or was that taken down too?

    1. Marcus

      No kidding, Richard. Have yet to hear a response to that one. I’m sure somehow that sex trafficking and prostitution are covered under the First Amendment as well!

  3. Richard

    Good title but I think any combination of “Donovan” and “Bribery, Corruption, Scandal or Jail” is doing better in the SEO department.

  4. HC Here

    Yeah, wrestling has been ruining minds and destroying families since the inception of television. The whole “Katie Vick” series of vignettes was edgy and – you know what – people tuned in week after week to see what would happen next. It sounds like Linda knows how to run a profitable business. Don’t say it’s dirty money unless you are ready to renounce all Hollywood money Obama has received.

    I think a way to get rid of all the negativity toward the Katie Vick vignettes is to say the dead person was actually Ken Vick, a gay man who felt better dressed as a woman. Saying that necrophilia committed by one man with another man is wrong would label one a homophobe. We all know that being a homophobe is a no-no.

    I find it laughable that Grandma of “What would Grandma say” fame is shocked to hear “Bark like a dog” said to a woman, but in real life, her grandkids are drinking, smoking pot, having sex at 15 and getting an abottion without telling the parents, and that’s commonplace in Grandma’s world and no reason for concern on Granny’s part.

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