PG in a blender. WWEs marketing lie.
by, 02-01-2013 at 06:55 PM (5397 Views)
EDIT(Since comments keep coming to me in one way or another not understanding my article, I must point out, this article is not AGAINST "EDGY" WWE content, it is only trying to prove the point that those who say we need a new Attitude Era need to realize we are already in a non PG era. Please take that into consideration before PM'ing me that I am against new edgy content. Thank you.
I non stop read these blogs daily where people are talking about the PG era pro and con, and if its changing, and I wanted to point out some things that I don't see people addressing.
Here's a slightly different perspective. As a Canadian, I get WWE on a non American network, and I can tell you that most often the rating is changed on the Canadian feed to 14A. I have watched episodes that start with a PG rating, and after the first hour, the rating is changed to 14A due to things that have happened on the show.
WWE is not very "PG"
My biggest point to all these articles saying that WWE is PG and staying PG is the fact that they already are NOT. I don't understand how they get away with some of the things they do if the American, or feeds across the world are saying PG. Some of the extremely over the top sexual references they make, or AJ sleeping around and all out making out on Camera with every superstar in the WWE, the constant bullying, the blood.
The WWE censored blood with the camera going black and white for quite awhile on the odd chance it accidentally happened, and suddenly now there's an angle months ago were Vince was busted open, and it has happened several times before and after, and no longer (at least on my feed) is the black and white happening.
There are skits that cater to an age group that wouldn't understand them. References to things from the 70s and 80s, that are pop culture references not known to the younger crowd. I understand the need to appeal to more than one age group, but they do it with sex and swearing; and not innocent references, but all out discussion about a wrestlers sex life.
The Rocks return
After The Rock returned to TV even Mr.PG, John Cena went away from his kid friendly antics. His raps went back to his old school character,and references and words he used were not PG (I had some videos but they were pulled). The Rock using the word "Pussy", using words like "Bitch" on raw (when this happened for Canada, the first word got through, where as the remaining 2 (from The Rock and CM Punk) were edited out. Not to mention that The Rocks character is one of the biggest bullies in the WWE.
WWEhas a large campaign against bullying, yet every week in and out, they promote it with calling Vickie fat, or ugly, having wrestlers remark about how AJ is a slut. JBL on a skit with the Great Khali ""That's an example of an inter-species relationship". The rock calling someone "Twinkie Tits". How many overweight kids got called that after they hear The Great One say it? I know that bullying is not something that would be classified as non PG, but in a world where it leads to suicide and shootings, it has become a very tough subject for a lot of people.
JBL is another example, he doesn't know when to stop. When he's addressing Michael Cole, he often says things that make me stop and think, did he really just say that?
Lawler heart attack angle
The angle mocking Jerry Lawlers heart attack has been talked about over and over again, so I won't go into it deep, but that blew me away. When something reaches a level of distasteful nature like that, its not PG TV.
These are all just a few examples of the over the top non PG, or VERY borderline things WWE does every week.
My conclusion is simply that the WWE is already not PG compared to other PG shows, they have been pushing the limits of it more and more. Vince has allowed for this, but he WON'T officially change the rating because of their marketing program. They have deals with big name companies (Like Cena being on the Fruity pebbles box) and the childrens market is really important.
Unless they are forced to change it by the network because of their content, it will stay PG, while not being a PG show.
I am not against these non PG things at all, I think its good for the show, but to try and pretend it's wholesome entertainment for the whole family is a joke. And for those who say PG is bad for WWE, or that we need to change the rating, simply I will say PG is not the problem, Writing is the problem, but that's another story for another day.
Is the WWE going to stop having a "PG" rating? No.
Is the WWE "PG?"...No.