WWE Responds to “Barely Above Pornography” Newspaper Attack

Posted by Matt Boone May 23, 2012 11 Comments

- Last week, writer Joshua Fisher of The Darien Times newspaper wrote about Linda McMahon and her bid for the United States Senate. Fisher called WWE “a product that is barely above pornography.” He wrote:

“Linda McMahon has been gathering up town committee and Connecticut Republican endorsements all over the state. Including endorsements from Darien’s first selectman and RTC chairman. Some are saying the former WWE CEO has the experience to create jobs in Connecticut — something the U.S. Senate has little influence on. And even if you look past McMahon’s history of creating jobs by peddling a product that is barely above pornography, her ideas and platform are weak and her chances of actually winning the general election in November are even weaker.”

WWE’s “Stand Up for WWE” campaign has responded with the following letter:

Dear Mr. Fisher:

We are writing regarding your column that appeared in the Darien Times on May 17, 2012, where you state that WWE is a product “barely above pornography.”

Although this was an opinion piece, your position as editor of the Darien Times would ethically require you to report the facts accurately and not distort the truth. For future editorials and news stories that may pertain to WWE, we wanted you to be aware of the facts so you clearly understand our programming content and the type of entertainment we provide to our more than 300,000 fans in the state of Connecticut and millions around the world.

All WWE television programming features only TV-PG content as rated not by us, but by the network TV distributors and their standards and practices departments. WWE weekly programming has always appeared on basic cable or broadcast television. As any casual television viewer knows, your description of our programming, based on the Federal Communications Commission rules alone, would not be permitted on broadcast television or basic cable.

WWE is family entertainment. In fact, 40 percent of the millions of fans who attend our live events bring their children. It’s insulting to these parents to think that they would condone their children watching inappropriate content. WWE may not be your personal choice of entertainment, but that does not give you the right to damage our corporate reputation.

On behalf of WWE, its 690 employees and our fans in Connecticut, we would appreciate it if you would stick to factual statements about our organization and brand. For more information on our company, please go to corporate.wwe.com and feel free to reach out to us for the facts in advance of any articles you write relating to WWE.


Brian Flinn

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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    • Wrestlehead

      When was the last time Joshua Fisher watched a WWE broadcast? Sounds like it was back in the 90’s. Someone should tell him to get with the 21st century.

    • smitchy

      hahah yes WWE loving it!

    • http://www.sescoops.com/ Mr 561

      Expect to see a LOT more WWE bashing and a lot more “Stand Up For WWE” as we enter election season

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerald-Mason/100002199016203 Jerald Mason

      if you want to say any thing about the wwe, it should be on the matter john lorinites should have to pay some concequences, and reprucutions for his under handed methods that cause wrestlers to get hurt. jus my opinion.

      • swag13

        You are retarded

    • Mr_Sosa

      Porn and wrestling bring in more revenue and have a larger fan base combined than any of the non-sexual entertainment companies put together. Too bad Mr. Fisher isn’t really good on fact checking because demeaning WWE and porn did nothing for him.

    • No Kneepads 4 Me

      Anybody notice it’s those with liberal views attacking WWE “a product that is barely above pornography.” Reminds me of Tipper Gore attacking Rock and Roll in the 80’s and accusing it of having “pornographic lyrics”. Liberal propaganda trying to swing the vote of conservatives, who are known to high moral values, with saying “if you support this person, then you support pornography”.

    • Broski

      WWE is rated-PG. I think Mr. Fisher only watched Attitude Era.

    • Jeff

      I posted this elsewhere but I’ll say it here again. I worked in the newspaper industry for a number of years and I think they’re idea that they can demand a retraction for something that has a nugget of truth in it is ridiculous. And I expect to get blasted for this, but facts are facts:
      Half naked men and women rolling around in the ring, Trish barking like a dog, Edge and Lita’s sex celebration in the middle of the ring, Shawn’s underwear dance in the middle of the ring where all his junk was flapping for the world to see, plus let’s not forget Triple H stabbing Vince in the head with a screwdriver and shoving him face first into Big Show’s bare ass all in the same match, Triple H battering a bloody Ric Flair throughout the arena and tossing him in the back of his limo all bloody, Vince and the diva’s pretending sexual relations happened in his office, and by the way only two of the things I just mentioned happened in the Attitude era.
      Plus, we are in America, and unless it can be proven to be slanderous they have no libel case. Newspapers are protected under the First Amendment and a journalist cannot be sued for something as trivial as this. All the WWE will do is waste a lot of time and money.
      I worked in the newspaper industry for a long time. They are well protected from idiotic lawsuits like this. WWE is just trying to drum up more publicity for Linda’s campaign which will not be going anywhere. Pornography doesn’t just mean sex films people. It lists a whole category of raunchy behavior which yes, the WWE is guilty of. So he did nothing wrong.

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