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If you cut out the time between Rock starting to sing and Punk coming out, last night's Raw was the tamest in terms of causing offence in months. We almost made it through.
But it's because of the contents of Rock's “songs” that I sit here with feelings of deja vu and despondency. Yet again I have to explain why it's wrong for Rock to sing a song insinuating that Paul Heyman must be a woman (like that's a crime) because he's overweight, which means he has “breasts”. (Not to mention yet another dick joke. Ugh!) Or why a song calling Vickie Guerrero – who did little wrong to Rock besides being a bit rude backstage – a cheap, ugly, prostitute “bi-atch” is offensive. No, I'm not joking. Those are real things Rock insinuated. Most of those his own words.
If you're tired of me saying the same things, good. I'm tired of saying them. I'm more tired of it being something which needs saying. But I'm not going to stop because I've made my point already. This stuff shouldn't be an issue. It should never have been an issue. That's my point. Rock and Cena (the biggest culprits) should grow up and act like adults who know better. Even if they are “just playing a character”.
When they stop, I'll stop.
There needs to be a filter in place somewhere. Someone with the common sense and sensitivity to recognise the rife morality issues on WWE TV. Someone who can, if not overrule, at least tie Vince McMahon in terms of veto power on what goes. And if these things are ad-libbed by the Rock's and Cena's of the company (which makes it even worse), make sure they don't get away with it. Punish them. Make it known that that kind of language and humour isn't acceptable. It's not difficult.
I realise that I'm yelling into a wishing well. I'm not going to get anywhere. They're not listening, at least until GLAAD or someone gets on their asses. Until then, as long as they get the laugh or the “pop” where they want it, everything's good. Except it's not. It's wrong and should stop.
Those of us who think critically about and analyse the morality of what we're consuming want Punk to whoop Rock's ass at Royal Rumble. WRONG WAY AROUND, but that's how it is. It's a shame, too, because Punk's trying hard to be hated by EVERYONE. But Rock's making that impossible. The people still cheering Punk over Rock are people who won't root for an immature, homophobic misogynist. These the same people who cheered Punk over Cena for the same reasons.
But yeah, apparently Punk's the villain.
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