This past Monday night, I had the chance to watch Raw. While it is miles better than it used to be, there are still some things that need to change, that need to “get better,” pun intended. The WWE still has this weird homophobic tendency. I’m not really sure how or why, but the WWE seems to think that gay=bad, straight=good.
This is not the first time I have covered this topic. I wrote previously about Michael Bisping, who I am now seriously convinced is one step below Neanderthal. I have my own Christian background and I have my own opinions of homosexuality. For one, I think if we spent as much time praying for an Awakening in the gay community as we did criticizing or condemning the gay community, it might be a different issue. But if you look at the life of Jesus, Jesus was not a name-caller (except for people who were hypocrites). And if he saw the way that we treated most homosexuals, I’m sure he would weep for us, too.
When are we going to stop thinking of homosexuality as an insult? And when are we going to not fear homosexuals? And when are we going to stop grouping them into one category? Not all homosexuals are alike. This is 2011. When are we going to stop fearing what we don’t know?
The Miz and Alex Riley are probably not gay, but what if they were? How does that make them bad guys? And how is somebody who gets to mock men as possibly being gay considered a good guy? There’s another word for what John Cena did to The Miz. HE WAS A BULLY! If that was said in a junior high locker room, Cena could have been expelled. I was curious to know how a homosexual wrestling fan felt about all the gay-bashing on WWE television. Thankfully, I got a really good, well-thought-out opinion.
I think the WWE has a responsibility. As long as they pattern their product to a PG audience and market to kids, they have a responsibility. Kids are going to look up to their favorite wrestlers, just like I did with Sting, Brian Pillman & The Undertaker. Now those people are replaced by John Cena, Edge & Randy Orton. How your heroes look is important. Look at the fans. Rather than make a hero mock others for being gay, why don’t you get your fans to have the hero defend the gay wrestler?
WWE, you have fans that are gay. It is a fact of life. Some of those are probably younger kids trying to discover their sexuality. The last thing they need is John Cena (or any other wrestler for that matter) telling them they are less than human because of what they do behind closed doors.
You always want attention? Here’s an idea. Go to http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ and be a leader. Have your wrestlers “speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work.” Put that on a “Did You Know?” rather than “We’re the best-known company named WWE” or whatever dreck you put up there.
I leave you with this rhetorical question: What would Pat Patterson have thought of Monday night’s promo?