"To better reflect our current family friendly brand of entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms. Some of this footage has been misused in political environments without any context or explanation as to when it was produced. This damages the corporate reputation of our company. WWE is well within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use."
Let's rephrase for all of the people out there who would rather not be bored with fancy words......
"Because Linda McMahon is being attacked for her connection to WWE's Attitude Era, WWE is removing all traces of Attitude Era footage from internet outlets such as YouTube. We at WWE are trying to save face and have every right to deny you, the fans, the ability to see some of your favorite footage so that you are only stuck watching what we tell you to."
I think Stone Cold said it best......
WAIT!!!!!!!!!! Vince and company, I have just one quick question and I hope you'll bear with me. You are removing all "edgy" footage from your archives on YouTube and placing strikes on those who have it on their personal YouTube channel and yet you produce a PPV called Hell in a Cell, complete with CM Punk wearing devil horns in your promotional material?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the devil isn't a G OR a PG rated character no matter what culture you live in these days. So you have lust inducing footage being deleted on one hand and the figure that relishes its existence to begin with on the other. Is there really a point in trying to choose the lesser of two evils? Do you really think your political opponents don't see this?
Expect some backlash, Vince and the loss of more fans to the open and waiting arms of TNA.