Alex is back to take the reins here at neverland today, and I want to thank him again for pitching in. His insights are spot on; his eye is incredibly astute; and his writing is inspiring. His topic today is one echoed in other posts on this blog and similar ones with increasing frequency. It isn’t one we all agree about, by any means, but it’s an important topic in the “evolution” of us all about the place of gay men in society. And for the record, I agree with Alex 110% here…
Be warned, I’m getting on my soapbox.
Words matter. Even in the intensely physical world of wrestling, words make a difference. They can amplify a moment or kill the mood. I’ve just experienced the latter.
Vinny is the man who brought me back to Thunder’s Arena. I hadn’t even gone to the website since Halloween. However, one pic posted on Joe’s Ringside blog drew me back in. I’ve since bought all four of Vinny’s matches.
Now, I’m not happy again. During his fight with Dakota, Vinny insults his opponent by asking him, “What are you, gay?”
Ugh. Why couldn’t he keep his trap shut?
Maybe it’s in character that Vinny, whose Thunder’s persona is an amoral meathead, uses “gay” as a pejorative. So far, he’s already been accused of stealing a laptop and protein powder, stiffing his housemate on the rent and hitting a car then leaving the scene of the accident. Not like he’s depicted as a hero. Vinny is 100% heel.
And wrestling is often politically incorrect with heels – full of every kind of stereotype.
But for me, it was an immediate turn off. As in turn off my iPad and be done with the match. It seems weird to me that a company targeting a gay audience lets that slide. There are plenty of other ways to insult someone. Doesn’t it seem immediately wrong? Admittedly, I boycott companies at the drop of a hat. Maybe most gay wrestling fans won’t care, but I really think they should.
And yes, I am aware I’m probably selling videos with the pics.
Am I too PC? Does the fact that it’s a character like Vinny make a difference? Do those Hillary Duff public service announcements mean nothing? What say you? -Alex