Glenn Beck may be this close to finally fulfilling his sideshow clown destiny as he has been offered a chance to appear on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night to defend the Tea Party.
Right wing media is steaming with outrage over the WWE’s creation of a new villian based on the tea party. The new character named Zeb Coulter, who is really Dutch Mantel for you older fans, delivered a State of the Union address during this week’s Monday Night Raw.
This segment enraged the right, but most specifically Glenn Beck. Beck was so upset that he used his secure, undisclosed location ( a.k.a. The Blaze) to do what he does best. Beck attacked the WWE with an insane conspiracy theory.
“The WWE now has put a new character out that is demonizing the TEA Party. You know Linda McMahon, I’m sorry you didn’t win. We should have seen how your true colors early on, and I think we did,” Glenn said. “She’s just one of these progressive Republicans that we worry about.”
The character, Zeb Colter, is a Vietnam veteran who criticizes people who don’t speak English and have “faces I don’t even recognize”. He talks about deporting immigrants (no distinction between legal and illegal).
Oh, and he is using “Truth” and “We the People” as a villainous catchphrase. Awesome.
“So may I ask: Did George Soros buy the WWE? Is this a Cass Sunstein presentation? And maybe it’s just us. Maybe ‑‑ you know what? Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe that’s the way WWE people view the TEA Party. And maybe they love to hate the TEA Party. But I have to tell you, I expect that from Hollywood, but I don’t expect ‑‑ if I’m getting my entertainment from somebody that I think is on my side ‑‑ and I’m sorry. I just don’t see a bunch of progressives going and buying their tickets to the WWE. Do you? I mean, and maybe there are. I tend to notice that the progressives are not as popular in the South unless they’ve moved from the North. So I’m just trying to figure out exactly who they’re trying to appeal here, who they’re appealing to.”
Never one to miss an opportunity for free mainstream publicity, the WWE invited Beck to come on their flagship program, Monday Night Raw this week,
WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw, in response to a segment that aired on TheBlaze TV yesterday. In the segment, Beck references WWE as “stupid wrestling people,” when criticizing a recent WWE storyline involving WWE characters Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio®, Jack Swagger® and Zeb Colter®. WWE is giving Beck the opportunity to address our 14 million weekly viewers and our global fan base, as he believes we are offending our “conservative” fans with this storyline.
Similar to other television shows and feature films, WWE is in the entertainment business, creating fictional characters that serve as protagonists or antagonists. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines. WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view. This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.
Anyone who has watched the WWE since the dawn of WrestleMania knows that they crave mainstream publicity. For Vince and Linda McMahon mainstream publicity is like crack, and they have been trying recapture the high that came from Hulkamania and the buildup to the first WrestleMania for decades.
The “sports entertainment” business has been in a prolonged slump for years, but the WWE seems to have hit on a winner with a current story centered around a Hispanic heavyweight champion, a tea party villain, and illegal immigration.
Glenn Beck is making a ton of money, but has not being seen by many viewers since Fox News canned his crazy ass almost two years ago. Glenn Beck doesn’t usually appear on media that he doesn’t control, so if Beck actually shows up on Monday Night Raw, this is all likely part of the WWE’s attempt to get mainstream press before WrestleMania.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter if this is a legit offer to Beck, or a “work.” The larger than life freak show that is professional wrestling has always been Glenn Beck’s destiny.
If Beck does end up on wrestling, consider that it was just a few years ago that he was the hottest name in political media. He was being talked about as the man who could take both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly’s thrones. His ratings powered Fox News.
Thanks to his ability to build his brand he makes a ton of money every year, but as a political influence Beck has vanished off the map. (We’ve also seen the WWE’s underwhelming political influence in action, right Sen. Linda McMahon?) The man who killed his mainstream career by calling President Obama a racist has now been offered a chance to defend the tea party on pro wrestling, sorry “sports entertainment.”
Nothing says the tea party is dead like being mocked by the WWE.