The “R” Word Coming Back To Haunt Republicans
A firestorm erupted when Sarah Palin said Rahm Emanuel should be fired for saying liberal activists are “f-ing retarded.” The problem with a black-and-white politically-driven view is that it bites back. In the Connecticut Senate race, Republican hopeful Linda McMahon is going to have to answer for how her company, WWE, created a character, Eugene (named because of “eugenics and played by Nicholas Dinsmore), portrayed as the mentally handicapped nephew of the RAW general manager. Rob Simmons, McMahon’s opponent, is planning to call her on it.
When he was introduced in 2004, according to press reports at the time, viewers complained to WWE, forcing them to issue a statement saying they intended him to be portrayed as a “hero” who would inspire “other people with disabilities to strive to achieve their dreams.”
But there’s footage all over the internet of Eugene getting savagely stomped and beaten, and even demeaned, and one storyline even ended up with him getting savaged in a steel cage. And the Simmons campaign is going to demand that McMahon account for this.
“Eugene” doesn’t look too “inspiring” in this match against Sandman. In fact, the purpose seems to be to humiliate.
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