World Wresting Entertainment invited Glenn Beck onto the program Raw after the conservative radio host criticized the organization for creating characters that appear to be caricatures of anti-immigrant tea party conservatives.
In response to the WWE’s invitation, Beck tweeted on Friday evening, “Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else.”
In their YouTube video directed at Beck, characters Zebediah Colter and Jack Swagger begin with a promo in character — calling themselves “real Americans,” saying people in this country should only speak English, and claiming that Swagger’s defeat of character Alberto Del Rio, another wrestler, will “begin to set things right.”
Then, breaking out of his Colter character, Wayne Keown said, “We are in the entertainment business. Everything we do as our characters is designed to tell stories. Right now the story we’re telling is that Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are using the current, relevant, and topical story of immigration to target the WWE world champion Alberto Del Rio. Also a character played my my friend Jose Rodriguez. In our story, we are the antagonists, and Alberto is the protagonist.”
“Glenn Beck, you recently referred to WWE as ‘stupid wresting people,'” he continued, going on to say that Beck was therefore calling 14 million viewers stupid.
He also noted that 20 percent of WWE’s audience was Hispanic.
On Feb. 11, WWE re-introduced the character Jack Swagger, a wrestler, as well as his manager Zebediah Colter. The anti-immigrant characters, who have repeatedly said that they are “real Americans,” are purportedly modeled on tea partiers, according to the Atlantic Wire. WWE announcers at one point also said the characters receive fan mail from Beck as well as Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh, further driving home the tea party connection.
Swagger is poised to “fight” the character Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania, setting up a battle royale of sorts.
Glenn Beck was none too pleased with the creation of the characters and referred to them as “stupid wrestling people” recently.
Watch the video below.
‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."
McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.
"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."
Saint Paul police chief condemns tactics used on George Floyd: ‘We’re here to serve — not choke people!’
Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell told CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow on Thursday that he's showing his officers footage from George Floyd's death as an example of how not to handle a suspect.
In particular, Axtell told the CNN hosts that all of the officers in his department said that the actions of the officers in Minneapolis to Floyd were completely unacceptable.
"Every police officer that I know that I interacted with yesterday in the city of Saint Paul, there was not one who felt that what they observed on that video in Minneapolis was in any way, shape, or form acceptable police behavior," he said. "It is disgusting, it is dehumanizing, it is something that absolutely has to stop."
Here’s a major risk for coronavirus spread that everyone seems to be overlooking
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Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization are overlooking airborne transmission and focusing instead on COVID-19's spread through droplets and surfaces.
"This is why you clean and disinfect surfaces, but they've ignored airborne transmission," Allen said.