Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Representation in the WWE
The articles for today got me thinking a lot about representation and how crucial it is, especially for young viewers of professional wrestling. It is so important to have wrestlers of various backgrounds and cultures in order to give children someone to look up to--someone like them, someone they can aspire to be, someone that shows them that they can make it despite their gender, race, etc. For example, it's the same reason it's so important to have Barbies of color--so kids of color know that they're important to, they matter. The WWE is predominantly white. There are black wrestlers like Titus O'Neil, Big E, and Kofi Kingston that are seen very seldom. Mark Henry is the only black wrestler that's been making a weekly appearance because he is in a current storyline with the Big Show. The main commentators are white and the members of the Authority are white. And we never see any Latino wrestlers anymore. It's almost as if it was a "fad," and now it's over. The latest Mexican wrestlers were Los Matadores and they've disappeared to who knows where. And in terms of women wrestlers, they're given such little, if any, air time. Young girls have fewer idols to look up to. In terms of race, we have black women like Naomi, Alicia Fox, and Cameron. The Bella Twins are of Mexican and Italian descent, but born in America. And AJ Lee is of Puerto Rican heritage. But once again, the women's card is primarily white. While I love the WWE, and I think all of their wrestlers deserve to be there, it would be nice to see more diversity and variety, if only for the sake of giving children someone to look up to.