WWE Issues Statement on Jinder Mahal's Controversial Promo

WWE Issues Statement on Jinder Mahal’s Controversial Promo

As seen on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, Jinder Mahal cut a promo that mocked Shinsuke Nakamura for being Japanese. At one point in the promo, Mahal said “you always rook the same.” Fans in attendance responded with “that’s too far” chant.

WWE has issued the following statement via WashingtonPost.com regarding the promo:

“Just like many other TV shows or movies, WWE creates programming with fictional personalities that cover real world issues and sensitive subjects. As a producer of such TV shows, WWE Corporate is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

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  • Sinister Marketing®

    I’m sure whoever wrote and approved that promo is regretting it now. Ahh well

    • Brett Deverell

      Was probably vince

  • Kyle Barbosa

    WWE – “stop being pussies, it’s all fake, none of it is real. Paige told Charlotte she was happy her brother was dead, JBL made fun of Eddie for being Mexican, Owens wished death upon Shane and his family, and you all boo this? Grow the fuck up”

    • Possible

      And hhh and the corpse!

      • Kyle Barbosa

        The only reason they act so butthurt is because it was against their fucking Internet darling. I’m willing to bet money the same people would laugh their asses off if Nakamura came out next week and cut a racist promo on Jinder being Indian

        • NoGoodMickey

          Hi. Im back. Again, you’re an idiot. I actually don’t like Nakamura. I just called an orange an orange. You’re fucking stupid if you think you’re right here. I can’t laugh at you more.

    • NoGoodMickey

      Here, I’ll explain it to you like a child. Paige and Charlotte talked about the segment before hand. They showed it on total divas. Shane and KO, I’m sure, did the same. SO, that means it’s fair to bring to television. Making fun of someone’s race isn’t okay because it offends that race. You are hillbilly dumb if you don’t understand.

      • Just a guy

        And I’ll explain it to you like a child. Making fun of a sibling dying is wrong. (People have siblings die all the time, and I’m sure they dont want to have to face those feelings while watching wrestling.) Making light of airplane accidents and the possibility of children losing their father is wrong as well. The problem is society has trained you to be outraged at specific things and you are acting accordingly. And you are upset because someone who isnt a sheep calls out double standards. Get off your high horse. Be outraged at EVERYTHING that is offensive, or just sit down and shut up.

        • daleh33

          Your opinion would be correct IF those segments were not talked about and planned before the comments were made. If Juice Boy and Naka had talked about Juice Boy using the insensitive comment before the promo then it’s a wash. BUT if Juice Boy decided to go off scripted, because we all know almost every promo was written or definitely had to be approved before cutting it, then he deserves the backlash he is getting. When the other promos were discussed, they were also approved before hand, which means the company knew and said they were ok. If they did the same and approved this one and then changed their minds after it happened then it’s all on them.

          • Just a guy

            I’m not sure if you meant to reply to me or someone else. I’m not arguing about whether Jinders comments were ok or not. The standard is not whether the WWE thought it was ok or not. In this situation, we have to assume that Jinder was only following the script. Whether he was following the script or not does not make the comments ok.
            But that wasn’t my point. My point was people are offended at the comments made because it has to do with race, but weren’t offended when comments were made about people dying. Like racial slurs are some how the top of the totem pole of insensitive and ignorant comments.

          • NoGoodMickey

            OK THEN… lol Shut up

          • Kyle Barbosa

            You really think neither man had no idea what was going down? Newsflash, their promos are SCRIPTED! All of them are! Nakamura knew! How do you know he didn’t know??

        • NoGoodMickey

          It’s a matter of context. As much as I understand where you’ll coming from I’m not “outraged” about any of it. I just think this ONE guy doesn’t have a damn clue. At least I can say to you that I understand. Did I get that get that? But no, keep getting mad at someone who is literally doing what you are now. Explaining a point.

      • Kyle Barbosa

        HOW DO YOU KNOW NAKAMURA HAD NO IDEA THE PROMO WAS HAPPENING??! ARE YOU HIM???

        • NoGoodMickey

          When did I even say that, guy?

        • L. Knight

          Kyle. dude. Chill. You’re getting enraged on the internet, that’s never a good thing.

    • NoGoodMickey

      Also, moron, a tv show being fake doesn’t make real life fake. YOU get that right?

  • conan_kun

    They may let Alexa do the same thing to Asuka when they’re feuding.

  • Patrick

    I’m not gonna say wether I think the promo was right or wrong, but I will say Hogan was released for racial comments because WWE was worried about sponsers, and this goes against that. I’ll also say that this is why the “PG era” is here to stay, cause the same people complaining about the promo are the same ones complaining about the “PG era” and wanting the “attitude era back. Me I things are fine the way they are and don’t need to go back to attitude era or tv 14

    • daleh33

      ]Just like in real life, it all depends on who the comments offended. Watch GFW/TNA/Impact and you will hear Konnan go on a tirate against white people calling them every name in the book that would be considered racial yet you will not hear a single word even getting close to racial against other races. It’s no different in real life, those acts are done on a daily basis and we are told they are allowed while we must sit back and take it. The same goes in the WWE, while they would, I hope, go as far as Konnan, but they will allow some to be slightly got offended while jumping to “protect” others. There is one topic that should NEVER makes it’s way on to a PG show and that is race issues because of the real violence going on right now.

      • NoGoodMickey

        I agree, sir.

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