Art of Gimmickry

The Naturally Athletic Black Wrestler

Bobby LashleyThere’s nothing wrong with being athletic. In a pseudo-sport like pro wrestling, it’s kind of expected of wrestlers to be athletic. And if you happen to wrestle for Vince McMahon, it’s especially helpful to look the part. Some wrestlers happen to be naturally gifted when it comes to their physical attributes that it becomes part of their character. This is particularly the case with several black wrestlers. There was a funny video that came out about the three characters black wrestlers are allowed to play on TV. One particular gimmick that falls into the “happy black wrestler” category is the amazingly talented, naturally athletic black wrestler.

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Stereotypically Black Wrestling Characters

Slick & AkeemEven after a year rife with bad press regarding their racial politics and lack of a black world champion, the WWE has decided to make good through their WWE Network by honoring Black History Month. Only problem is, it’s a pretty half-assed job. As someone that’s not familiar with the PYT Express I was hoping for something more than some random promo of them at an airport where you can barely make out what’s being said, or what the damn point is. And I appreciate the callback to Booker T.’s Ebony Experience days, but I could’ve come up with at least 50 other videos showcasing Booker T.’s accomplishments. And then there’s the backstage bit involving Cryme Tyme, probably the least offensive one that exists of them. Which bring me to this list. While WWE likes to pat themselves on the back for how far along they think they’ve come in portraying African-American wrestling characters, I’d like to provide 10 reminders of how far they set them back as well.

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Paid for by the Following: Lotto 6/49

lotto-649After watching John Oliver’s scathing and much-deserved take down of the government-run U.S. lottery on the first season finale of Last Week Tonight, I figured it’d be the perfect intro to this month’s Paid for by the Following. Although the inclusion of this commercial for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Lotto 6/49 is in no way associating it with the same questionable ethical practices of the lotteries in the United States. Those Canadian questionable ethical practices are apparently tied to their “freemium” Terrance and Phillip mobile game.

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Ebony and Ivory Tag Teams

“Ebony & ivory fit together in perfect harmony.” – Stevie Wonder & Sir Paul McCartney.

Rise Above Racism.

With Survivor Series having just taken place, I feel that a certain aspect of the big time main event tag team match between The Rock & John Cena vs. Awesome Truth had been overlooked due to the magnitude of this somewhat-epic tag team match. That aspect? That this was the biggest match ever to take place between two teams consisting of ebony & ivory tag team partners. Continue reading “Ebony and Ivory Tag Teams”