WWE ‘Ultra-Patriot’ angers right-wing with ‘racist’ Tea Party character by Jack Swagger
The latest reboot of the Jack Swagger character as an “Ultra-Patriot” heel has caused outraged within the political right in the US, with many outlets drawing attention to it. Fox News featured a segment on Tuesday covering the angle in WWE involving Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in what they called WWE “mocking” the Tea Party movement in the United States.
Have You Heard the WWE’s Wildly Racist ‘Tea Party’ Wrestling Character Named Jack Swagger? – Headline on Glenn Beck’s Blaze.com (here)
The character is the concoction of new writers at the WWE – “American with twisted values on what his country should look like, complete with a xenophobic and slightly racist manager named Zeb Colter.” (Ann Coulter reference?)
During the introduction (video below):
Colter, complete with a handlebar mustache, continued:
Fellow Americans! I got a question for ya! What is wrong with America? Zeb Colter knows what’s wrong! Jack Swagger knows what’s wrong! But I think most Americans have forgotten what is wrong with America. Years ago, me and this man’s daddy laid in a jungle in Vietnam with bullets whizzin’ by our heads. You know why? Because we were real patriots, we were real Americans.
And now I look around and I see a country I don’t even recognize. I see people with faces not like mine. I see people that I don’t even know what they’re saying. They can’t even talk to me. And I look around and I think, where did all these people come from? But most importantly I think, how do we get rid of ‘em? We the people! Americans, real Americans, know the truth! Zeb Colter knows the truth! Jack Swagger knows the truth! Because this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the free and whoever wants to cross our borders! … It’s our country and it’s our land, to protect and defend! [Emphasis added at Blaze]
WWE has issued the following statement defending the Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter characters:
WWE has a long history of creating fictional characters that serve as either protagonists or antagonists, no different than other television shows or feature films. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines.
WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters. This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios or Viacom.