How the mighty have fallen.
World Wrestling Entertainment has never been accused of being high-brow entertainment, but may have stooped to a new low this week as it has engaged in a war of words with one-time Fox News personality Glenn Beck.
The weirdest part of this battle is the fact that the WWE is owned by the Conservative McMahon family and Beck also leans that way politically, although probably much further to the right than the McMahons do.
The basis of the problem are two characters in the WWE - Jack Swagger, a former collegiate wrestler and his new manager Zeb Colter. Swagger and Colter are portraying characters that use similar terminology and symbols that the Tea Party uses, which apparently has greatly upset Beck.
One of the biggest areas that the two characters are coming out against is immigration, which ties into Swagger's upcoming World Heavyweight Championship match with champion and Mexican aristocrat Alberto Del Rio at the 29th Wrestlemania held in April in the football stadium of the New York Jets and Giants.
Beck does not see the humor is these characters, criticizing the WWE for its anti-conservative partisanshipp and refusing a request to appear on the WWE's Monday Night Raw program this Monday from Dallas (Beck's hometown), saying that he could not because “Unfortunately, I am currently booked doing anything else.”
Beck expressed his anger on Friday's radio show, saying that he was fed up with the Tea Party being portrayed ... uhhh ... in a manner similar to how they themselves portray it?
“You’re making a villain out of what?” Beck said. "Probably 80 percent of your audience who’s tired as it is of being miscast? They’re tired of this…I’m sick and tired of being miscast. I am sick and tired of it. It is lazy at best. And I certainly am not going to give any more time or my money to any organization that is miscasting, is making it harder for me and my family to stand up for what I believe in.”
He believes conservatives should boycott the WWE.
"We've talked about this for awhile," he said. "Put your money where your heart is ... You're gonna be mocked by people you think are friendly to you? No way!"
Beck also called the WWE “Stupid wrestling people."
This led to the two men behind the Swagger and Colter characters to release a video on YouTube where they broke character and explained what was going on.
"We have about 60 characters on our show," said "Colter," who is played by longtime wrestling mainstay Dutch Mantell. "A lot more than say NCIS or Glee. But we're not that much different. Some of our characters are really likeable, and some are detestable."
Expect the WWE to address this Monday during their weekly flagship program, Monday Night Raw. I will also be very disappointed if Jon Stewart does not weigh-in on this as well.