Culture

WWE has sold out the Western values

A couple of days ago one of the most well-known pro wrestling companies in the world, the World Wrestling Entertainment (colloquially known as the WWE), organised a special type of a Pay Per View (PPV) event, called the Greatest Royal Rumble in history.
However, it was not just another yet PPV event that occurs monthly. The most important difference between this Greatest Royal Rumble event and other PPV events was that this event was not planned to occur at all. It was requested by the authorities of Saudi Arabia and, presumably, paid a lot of money for it.
Knowing WWE, and that is is a business, they were quite agreeable with all of that and the event was organised and executed. The quality of the event was decent and everything would be okay if not for 1 important aspect: women were not allowed to participate.
Usually, WWE has at least one – often even more – women’s matches on the card, but – “surprisingly” – women were left out of this event. I wonder why… Maybe the totalitarian state of Saudi Arabia had something to do with it?What is really surprising is that during the last few years WWE has been stuffing all that “women’s revolution” down our throats all day long. All these “first ever match” when only men were able to participate in those type of matches. Main events on the flag show Monday Night Raw and even PPV events.
All of that seems to be put in the bin to appease the Muslim lords of Saudi Arabia. Well, that’s for “cultural sensitivity”, OF COURSE.
The sad part is that this “cultural sensitivity” always seem to go 1 way: from West to Muslim/African, especially if we are talking in the context of living in one of the Western European or Northern American countries. It is most often the Western countries that have to accommodate those “guests”. Have you ever heard anything like this happening in a Muslim or African country? Hardly. Surely not as often as the other way around.
Of course, I must be objective in regards to this WWE’s decision. Their representative, a semi-retired wrestler known as “Triple H”, had defended the WWE’s decision by saying “The country is in the middle of a shift in how it is dealing with that – the position is changing, and rights are changing, as is the way women are handled and treated in society”.
To be fair, that does have some merit. The new Crown Prince 32-year-old Mohammad Bin Sulman has made some steps for the women’s’ rights, such as allowing them the right to drive (shocking! How extreme is that?!) or remove some restrictions for women to be able to work, and the WWE might indeed want to partake in encouraging and enabling the Prince to do that.
Still, I would be very cautious about it. It would be silly to expect Saudi Arabia to change, at least not soon, especially considering that Saudi General Sports Commission had to issue an official apology because – gasp! – were women in one of the WWE’s promotional videos.
What a sinful blasphemy, it was! The infidels have shown their true colours… So OF COURSE, the Sports Commission had to issue an apology for this indecency. Women on the screens? Never!
On a serious note, though, my main objection is not against Saudi Arabia’s decision. Even though I don’t agree with many aspects of their culture, traditions and religion, I have to admit that they have the right to have them. They have the right to practice all of that in their own country as they wish.
The arrows of my criticism are actually on the WWE. The principles of women’s’ rights, Western values, and just the simple WWE’s dignity as they were required to leave their female crew at home were sold to the Saudis for a bit of cash.
And that is what bothers me the most. Because in the long-term it is the culture, traditions and identity that prevail, not a pile of cash.

My pseudoname is Kyle Knox. I have been interested in Politics and History since High School. Since then I got interested in Economics and a little bit of Philosophy as well. I like analyzing current events, comment in various Political and Economical news and relate them to Philosophical and Historical perspectives. Ohh, and I also like reading books and I will be doing some book reviews as well.