Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Survival Tactix: Playing With Fire.....

Zeb Coulter......

Vince, you've outdone yourself. There was a time in the 90's when you took a stab at the political landscape of the day and poked fun at an American Armed Forces character joining up with that of an Arab that was SUPPOSED to symbolize Iraq. This was something bold, and yet at the time, it was a mockery of something few people took seriously. Zeb Coulter.......I wish I had words to describe the sensation when I see him cut his promos.

One part appalled, one part pissed off, one part impressed, and one part confused. You couldn't have picked a worse time to put a conservative mockery on TV. If there was a time to go out of your way to piss someone off, this would not be that time. With political tensions already running higher as a divided nation under a leader who wants stricter gun control laws is getting a bit dodgy, you put together a character who looks not far from the "unibomber". This would NOT be how I'd go about moving forward, Vinnie. Modeling your creation after Ann Coulter wasn't in your best interest, either, as it's already gone under fire from some conservatives out there.

While I'm not the typical conservative and can appreciate some of the storytelling the character promises to deliver, I believe you underestimate just how far the backlash of this character will reach. If the viewing public in the reaches of TNA's home region weren't watching you before, you've polarized their view screen now. This isn't sour grapes, 'ol boy. This is simply a're poking a sleeping bear and the consequences could backfire in ways that would make the Mohammed Hassan storyline look like something Jim Henson's creature shop dreamed up.

This isn't even a warning for the sake of WWE, but for the character of Jack Swagger. The man beneath the Hassan character has never been the same since his storyline burial by the Undertaker and if careful planning isn't done, Jack Swagger will be every bit as untouchable as Elliot Ness.

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