As a writer and a wrestling enthusiast, it pains me to see WWE being criticized for using a still of Auschwitz to promote a match between Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik. The use of such imagery is not only insensitive but also disrespectful to the memory of the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
The WWE, in its defense, claimed that it had no knowledge of the image being used and removed it as soon as it was brought to their attention. However, this excuse seems flimsy at best, given the amount of scrutiny that goes into producing and airing a show as big as WrestleMania.
The use of Auschwitz as a promotional tool is inexcusable and only serves to trivialize the atrocities that took place there. It is not something that can be brushed off as a mere “editing mistake.”
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The fact that the image was used in a video promoting a wrestling match only adds insult to injury.
As Natalie Belsky, a history professor at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, rightly points out, using imagery associated with the Holocaust for entertainment is highly inappropriate and can be seen as minimizing what happened.
It is important to remember that Auschwitz was not a place of entertainment or spectacle, but a site of unspeakable horrors and suffering.
Dominik’s adoption of a “hard-man persona” after spending a few hours in jail for attacking his famous father may be a joke to him, but it is not something that should be exploited for entertainment.
The WWE has a responsibility to ensure that its content does not trivialize or disrespect historical events or marginalized communities.
In conclusion, the use of Auschwitz in a promotional video for a wrestling match is a disgraceful and insensitive act that cannot be condoned. The WWE needs to take a hard look at its content and ensure that it is not promoting or trivializing historical tragedies for the sake of entertainment.
It is only through responsible and respectful content that we can move forward and learn from the mistakes of the past.
With the rise of MAGA, White Nationalists, racism and the absurd idea of whites feeling persecuted and in fear of replacement, the NAZIS are coming back.
We already find an increase number in the attacks to synagogues and anti-Jewish sentiments.
No surprise that wrestling may have quite a few NAZI sympathizers.
Get over yourselves and quit with all the virtue signalling…
First of all I agree, wasn’t a great idea, but open up a USA OR WORLD HISTORY BOOK!
There’s 4 pages in the newest books in class rooms that mentions the holocaust, it’s being buried and forgotten, a horrific event, yet, gay marriages, LGBTQ, had over 40 pages, maybe this image can bring back the remembrance of the holocaust!
It seems most sports are fucked up now.