The Washington Post article on Jinder Mahal’s promo from WWE Smackdown Live has been published and it’s not the kind of media attention that the company is looking for. The promo, which was meant to put more heat on Mahal for his upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV match with Shinsuke Nakamura, was derided by many fans on social media as racist.
The Post article included quotes from Mahal’s promo including “You always ‘rook’ the same” and “They call you Mr. Miyagi.” The article also noted that fans could be heard shouting “That’s racist” before a “That’s too far” chant broke out.
15-year-old Noumaan Faiz told the Post, “WWE should have never approved this” and added that racism is an idiotic way to get heat and it makes the writers look bad. The Post also included quotes from fans that weren’t offended by the promo. 33-year old fan Fernando Padilla told the Post, “I’m a longtime wrestling fan and I just saw it as a show” and he just took the chants as fans doing routine heckling of a heel and that the “diverse crowd” around him didn’t seem uncomfortable because “that’s kind of what you expect from WWE.”
Dave Meltzer was quoted in the story and said that wrestling has always been in its own little world but nowadays everyone watches it and you can’t get away with the same old tricks that worked many years ago because the fans will put heat on the company and not on the heel when they see something that they deem offensive.
The Post also reached out to WWE and they offered this statement: “Just like many other TV shows or movies, WWE creates programming with fictional personalities that cover real world issues and sensitive subjects.” They added, “As a producer of such TV shows, WWE Corporate is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
As noted earlier, it was clear that someone in WWE thought that posting the promo on their social media accounts was a bad idea because the Mahal promo was the only segment from the show that was not posted on their YouTube or Twitter accounts.
Read Marissa Payne’s Washington Post article by clicking here.
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