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The WWE's Tea Party Wrestler Is Making Conservatives Hit the Mat
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Posted on 02/21/2013 9:09:41 PM PST by Arthurio

CONNOR SIMPSON 5,918 ViewsF EB 20, 2013

The WWE's new bad guys in town are not-so-loosely inspired by the Tea Party, and that has conservative commentators not-so-quietly complaining that the company is bringing back a movement already under siege from Karl Rove — this time in one of the country's most curious of conservative spotlights, and as a couple of outwardly racist xenophobes who want to send Mexicans back across the border. Even if that was kind of the whole point.

On the February 11 episode of Monday Night Raw — frequently the highest rated cable show in the country — the fake-wrestling franchise re-introduced "Real American" Jack Swagger, after a few months off, with a new gimmick. He had longer, messier hair, a mean scowl, and a newfound hype man. Swagger's faux-manager, not so accidentally named Zebadiah Colter, sported a bushy hunter's beard and wore a beige vest as he yelled to the crowd: "What's wrong with America?" Colter then explained that he "doesn't recognize" today's America. He said he saw people with faces "not like mine" and heard people that "can't even talk to me," and he screamed out again to the Nashville audience and the Americans at home: "Where did all these people come from?" And then Colter, who's used other surnames to fit his gimmick in the past, threw out some catchphrases familiar to any Tea Party observer — "We, the people" was prominent — and made a point to stress, over and over, that he and Swagger were "real Americans." Oh, did the crowd ever boo. Swagger and Colter are supposed to be the WWE's big new bad guys, and they drew "heat" from the crowd, as wrestling people say. They hated him.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: wrestling

1 posted on 02/21/2013 9:09:51 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Kind of makes me glad I cancelled the cable.


2 posted on 02/21/2013 9:14:33 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Arthurio

Except he got busted for pot yesterday so he fits Occupy better.


3 posted on 02/21/2013 9:16:10 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Arthurio

WWE does *NOT* define the Tea Party.

FR does ;-)


4 posted on 02/21/2013 9:16:59 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Arthurio

“fake-wrestling franchise”, “faux-manager” - all the news you need from the fake faux objective media!


5 posted on 02/21/2013 9:18:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Arthurio

They are taking a great American sport and using its genuine athletic competition and mocking the conservative movement.


6 posted on 02/21/2013 9:19:31 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Arthurio
"frequently the highest rated cable show in the country..."

Houston, we have a problem.
7 posted on 02/21/2013 9:20:11 PM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: sauropod; Arthurio
Ah, the WWE! Still the best soap opera on television.

He'll "get injured" because of this brouhaha and be gone again and come back as a new character. It's been done before.
Bwahahahahaha @ the faux angst.

# WWE is BS on JS,RA

8 posted on 02/21/2013 9:28:05 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Revolting cat!

See #8. GMTA


9 posted on 02/21/2013 9:29:32 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Arthurio

Just another TV character being used to slime and insult conservatives. What is so new?


10 posted on 02/21/2013 9:31:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Arthurio

and how many FReepers thought the McMahon family would not do something like this? lol


11 posted on 02/21/2013 9:33:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: struggle

Not just pot, but DUI. In the past, the WWE has really cracked down hard of performers busted for DUI. We’ll see what they do here.

It will also be interesting to see what happens to the man playing his uncle. His daughter was killed by a drunk driver just a year or two ago, so he can’t be happy.


12 posted on 02/21/2013 9:35:15 PM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: Arthurio

And he was arrested yesterday in Mississippi for weed possession..f’n idiot..the only reason why Vince McMahon is doing this is revenge for the Tea Party not supporting his RINO wife


13 posted on 02/21/2013 9:40:06 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Arthurio

25 years ago, in a saner America, he would have drop-kicked the Iron Sheik right out of the ring. Sheiks are now the good guys, so you can’t do that/sarcasm;)


14 posted on 02/21/2013 9:44:51 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Arthurio

I may be alone with this, but this angle doesn’t offend me in the least. Its just to put over Alberto Del Rio, who’s a top notch performer.


15 posted on 02/21/2013 9:50:18 PM PST by goodolemr
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To: goodolemr
Its just to put over Alberto Del Rio, who’s a top notch performer.

For shame! You've just given away the story line for 3 months of programming that some fool took 3 minutes developing.

16 posted on 02/21/2013 9:55:54 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Arthurio

I’m sick of this crap. I noticed a few weeks ago that CM Punk was supporting gay marriage.

We went to a WWE “Raw” event a while ago. The National Guard were there.

One of the characters was “Swiss”, I believe, and starting spouting off how superior the “Europeans” were. The crowd erupted in “USA.....USA....USA”. And the guy who “won” the round was depicted as a “marine”.

The “Swiss dude” (wish I could remember his name) exited the ring holding the American flag......but NEVER was disrespectful to it or let it touch the ground. I would imagine there would have been some to get at his throat had he did.

I’m seeing an “Anti-American” flavor in the scripts at the mo. And have serious reservations about EVER watching WWE, or taking my kids, again.


17 posted on 02/21/2013 9:57:29 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Antonio Cesaro is the Swiss. He has quite a history in the indys. Very good performer.


18 posted on 02/21/2013 10:00:08 PM PST by goodolemr
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To: Arthurio; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Lucha Libre is an All-American sport! Like roller derby, cockfighting and ladies mud wrestling! MSM better stay away from them!


19 posted on 02/21/2013 10:00:36 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I noticed a few weeks ago that CM Punk was supporting gay marriage.

Poor little AJ. She's going to be so heartbroken to know she liked a gay guy when he (cough, cough) comes out of the closet and admits Golddust is really his lover. LOL
She'll have to get her new curly haired, blonde boyfriend and his big, handsome, burly black body guard...hey...wait a second...

(best soap opera ever!)

Hey, it's as good a script as the Mexican hate story line and I spent about three minutes on that too.

20 posted on 02/21/2013 10:17:41 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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After flushing 10s of millions away losing two elections I guess the McMahons figure it’s time to really start kissing GOP-e rear end. If they were Dems, would they portray the TP any differently?


21 posted on 02/21/2013 10:22:55 PM PST by Hayride
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To: OKRA2012
When you consider the audience, it sorta seems like 'preaching to the choir'...All I can think of is the late Andy Kaufman.


22 posted on 02/21/2013 10:25:00 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Arthurio

Fake Conservatives doing Fake wrestling made by Real Liberals for Real Idiots used by the Faux “Media”!


23 posted on 02/22/2013 12:58:08 AM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Arthurio
the fake-wrestling franchise re-introduced "Real American" Jack Swagger,

gasp...fake ?
24 posted on 02/22/2013 5:46:57 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: struggle
The WWE's Tea Party Wrestler

Except he got busted for pot yesterday so he fits Occupy better.

Not at all - liberty includes the liberty to smoke what you want.

25 posted on 02/22/2013 10:11:13 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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