WWE Responds To Allegations Of Encouraging Steroid Use, Demeaning The Mentally Challenged
|By Daniel Pena | July 17, 2012 | Comments|
In a May Darien Times editorial criticizing Linda McMahon's United States Senate campaign, Joshua Fisher dismissed WWE's product as "barely above pornography." The article drew a strongly-worded response from WWE in defense of their product, which led Fisher to point out televised incidents that could be defined as pornography, such as Edge and Lita's unprecedented Live Sex Celebration and Trish Stratus stripping her clothes off and barking like a dog for company chief Vince McMahon.
Fisher wrote another column last week criticizing Linda McMahon where he stated that it's strange that she says she's not a career politician "because she can bob and weave a question like some of the best politicians around." He also dismissed Linda's boastful proclamations of creating jobs.
He writes, "Mrs. McMahon loves to point out how she's created jobs. But she does not like to answer questions about those jobs. While CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, she created jobs that included making fun of retarded men, demeaning women and possibly encouraging steroid use — this does not even touch on how it possibly has influenced the future bullies of American schools."
Fisher's remarks rattled WWE, who feel his 'misstatements' are damaging to their corporate reputation. WWE issued a letter to the Darien TimesTuesday in response to Fisher, which was also published on WWE.com. Darien Times also published the letter, with editor Brian Flinn noting the previous editorial WWE is referring to "is all based on fact." In the letter below, Fisher included links to various videos and articles of matters WWE asserts are inaccurate.
Dear Mr. Fisher:
It is regrettable that we find it necessary to once again point out that you have made inaccurate statements and mischaracterizations in the Darien Times regarding WWE, this time in your editorial on July 12. Although this was an opinion piece, you are still required to report accurately and not distort the truth. This is now at least the second instance in which you have made misstatements that damage WWE's corporate reputation.
Your assertion that WWE has made "fun of retarded men" is inaccurate, takes our content completely out of context and fails to factually portray a storyline. WWE featured a character — an actor playing a role — named "Eugene," who was a person with intellectual disabilities. He was often faced with difficult challenges, situations and rivals, including some of the most villainous and dastardly WWE characters. What you failed to convey is that Eugene, like most of WWE's "good guys," overcame the obstacles, prevailed and was a hero to our millions of fans.
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