I haven’t seen RAW in its entirety, but upon hearing a lot of talk over the show - between injuries and some segment with Eve - I decided to look up those two clips in particular.
First off, get well soon, Wade. He’s had a tremendous year, and it would’ve been wonderful to see him cap it off with what he deserves - a spot at Mania. I still think 2012 will be a big year for him, though.
And now, the real point of this post: the Eve segment.
So, I don’t consider myself a feminist. I make jokes about women all the time. It’s funny. And so-called ‘slut-shaming’ really doesn’t bother me, either. Say what you like, do what you like, I don’t care.
But, to me, that segment was actually uncomfortable to watch.
You know, an Eve heel turn isn’t a bad idea. She’s arguably the face of the Division at the moment, after all - gets more screentime than any other Diva (including the champion, but that’s another post), and WWE obviously thinks quite highly of her. But if they think that a heel turn in that fashion is some way of repaying her for her hardwork of late, they need to take a fucking seat.
Because that segment wasn’t about Eve. It was about John Cena. Obviously, they’ve grown tired of the ‘he lifts heavy things, cheer this man’ shtick… so what better way to make people cheer him? I know! Let’s prove that he’s edgy and cool by having him call a Diva (the face of your division) a hoe. That’ll work!
And, unfortunately, it did work.
It’s not the lowest thing WWE has ever done - see Trish Stratus crawling around the ring and barking like a dog, or Cryme Tyme’s ‘hoe sale’ for reference points - but it’s yet another glaring example that WWE have no idea how to handle the women in their company. I’m not offended by it, more blown away by the fact that this company - and its fans in attendance - are seemingly eating it up.
Eve’s complete 180-switch in character isn’t the issue - despite the fact that she’s, arguably, one of the most built-up females they have in the company - because, as I said earlier, Eve as a heel isn’t a bad idea. But let her turn heel on her own terms; not to get people behind John Cena. Let her develop her own heel character and garner her own heat; not become a punchline and the butt of ‘hoeski’ chants for the rest of her career, because John Cena needs the fans.
A John Cena who, if you have an ounce of logic, doesn’t have a leg to stand on, because he kissed her back. But it’s okay to forget that, because he called her a slut, and that’s edgy. I won’t cheer Cena for ‘Rising Above Hate’, but I’ve got no problem cheering him for calling a girl a slut over a consensual kiss. Thanks for making me see that it’s okay to blame a female for your own shortcomings. I kissed the chick that my best friend is fapping over, but if I call her a skank, that makes it alright.
Behave. Give me - and the rest of your female fans - a fucking break, WWE.