It’s unclear why WWE’s top leadership would decide to engage Chris Shays in an extended, public discussion about whether Linda McMahon’s family business is about “violence, bullying, degradation of minorities and women,” but here we ago again. In a letter this week to the Shays campaign, WWE executive vice president Robert Zimmerman takes issue with comments Shays recently made to The Weekly Standard. Once again, a candidate is presented with the chance to contrast WWE’s view of its product with all those videos floating around the net:
The Shays camp, of course, teed all this up, sending out a greatest hits montage of sordid video moments from WWE’s past. This include this repulsive gem, courtesy of the Rob Simmons 2010 campaign, and this faux humiliation and the classic Vince McMahon “bark like a dog” segment that makes one truly wonder about the meaning of family entertainment.
“Anyone who does a quick YouTube search on Linda McMahon’s family business can see that WWE has a long history of promoting violence, bullying and degradation of women and minorities,” Shays spokeswoman Amanda Bergen said.
“If these examples don’t define ‘violence, bullying and degradation’, what does? While the Republican party does not have a war on women, it’s clear WWE does,” she said.
I think this settles the question of whether classic WWE content is going to be an issue in the upcoming campaign.