Backstage Joey Styles Update Inside, & More News
By Ryan Clark | July 13, 2009
As noted last week here on the website, WWE officials recently told Joey Styles he is no longer permitted to make posts on his Twitter account concerning politics. There was tremendous heat on him on the part of corporate officials for fear of an advertiser backlash towards the company website, where he reigns as the Director of Digital Media Content. There was also concern that his comments could reflect badly on Linda McMahon as she is a member of the Connecticut State Board of Education, not to mention the SmackDown Your Vote! campaign as it is supposed to be nonpartisan.
Styles last made political comments on his Twitter account on June 5th.
Vince McMahon was said to be enjoying Styles' pro-Republican beliefs, which is why he was able to do them for a few weeks. Internally, it was noted that the former ECW announcer went from being a red-headed stepchild in the company to being a favorite of McMahon. Even though those close to Styles say those are his real political views, others say knocking Obama gets over big with McMahon.
One person who was in the company's "inner circle" a few years ago said employees have gotten favored status based on being outrageously outspoken towards the ultra conservative side. The person also said political discussions occur all the time on McMahon's personal jet (which the writers also take to and from television) and in internal meetings as there are always anti-Democrat discussions.