Linda McMahon is running for the US Senate in Connecticut. For twenty (20) years, she ran World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with her husband, Vince McMahon. A few years ago, a documentary film examined the WWE’s celebration of violence against women. Her campaign doesn’t want Connecticut voters to see that film. Watch these excerpts from the film to see why.
The “Huffington Post” recently published an article on Linda McMahon’s candidacy for the US Senate for Connecticut. This article was written by Jackson Katz, educator, filmmaker, and author. In that article, he observes that although McMahon has repositioned herself as “an advocate and role model for working women”, until her run for the US Senate after stepping down as the CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment company, “she was one-half of one of the most culturally destructive, and blatantly misogynistic, business partnerships in the history of popular entertainment. Under Linda and her husband Vince McMahon’s leadership, over the past twenty years the WWE has featured some of the most brutal, violent and hateful depictions of women in all of media culture.”
Mr. Katz was “a major contributor on and off-screen to an educational documentary about professional wrestling that was released by the Massachusetts-based Media Education Foundation in 2002. Entitled ‘Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering,’ the film examined in detail the almost-unimaginable sexism, homophobia and racism of the WWE”, including “numerous clips from WWE programs, interspersed with commentary and interviews with wrestlers and fans.”
Katz observes in the article that “WWE lawyers have been hard at work bullying countless web sites, including YouTube, to remove these clips [from WWE programs], because viewers who watch them come away not only horrified by the sexist abuse, but also much more critical of the McMahons and their eagerness to cater to the culture’s lowest common denominator.”
Katz then goes on to state that “instead of showing her as a ‘role model for businesswomen,’ those clips from WWE programs expose the shamelessness of McMahon and her husband Vince’s quest for profit and power, a shamelessness that extends to their willingness to glamorize sexual and domestic violence in the name of ratings and ticket sales.”
Herein is the video entitled, “Only Entertainment”, recently removed from YouTube on the grounds that it violated copyright laws. Was that the real reason for its removal?