The art of pro wrestling is certainly a very physical affair as pro wrestlers put their bodies on the line for the entertainment of fans.
WWE includes matches such as ambulance matches that are reserved for the most personal of feuds. Naturally the company has also introduced toys to replicate the feel of the matches as well.
Now it seems the company has been accused of promoting violence against essential workers. According to the Daily Star in the UK, a woman named Sabrina Fitzsimons claimed that WWE’s latest action figure release, the ‘Wrekkin Slambulance‘ encourages violence against essential workers after the COVID-19 pandemic.
WWE has a huge following from littles ones right up to adults, including my 13-year-old son. I think it’s just such the wrong message. I just found it really offensive given the pressure I know the services have been under and the sacrifices that they’ve made. Is this good at any time, not just after a pandemic, to advocate violence against emergency workers? It’s never a good thing.
Can I ask what the logic is in advertising a toy which encourages the destruction of an ambulance? (WWE Slambulance). At a time during a pandemic when there are active campaigns to reduce violence towards essential workers? And considering what the NHS has done for us over the past year I find the toy and the advert for it offensive and inappropriate. I would like to know why your company felt this was a good toy to get behind and advertise?”
The aforementioned advertisement features Drew McIntyre tear the door off an ambulance, before showing WWE action figures breaking the plastic ambulance. It is unlikely WWE will respond to the accusation made by the woman.
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