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Earlier this morning, prominent wrestling journalist and researcher David Bixenspan made a very ominous tweet regarding the discovery of a wrestler being an “anti-vaxxer.”
Oh great. Another name wrestler might be an anti-vaxxer and you can’t even tweet about it specifically without effectively inviting their Stan army to brigade you to death. Great.
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) June 26, 2021
Upon further research, eWrestling News has been able to independently confirm that the wrestler in question is indeed former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.
This discovery rose to prominence after this tweet from Twitter user @tayredacted, who stated:
“Who cares about her politics?”
“She’s just asking questions”
“We don’t know if she actually believes this”
Got your top 3 excuses out of the way for you, stans, time to come up with something new! pic.twitter.com/cBVQO5pl7b
— Tay *redacted* (@tayredacted) June 26, 2021
Attached were clunky and crowded images featuring anti-vaccination content purported to be true by a Eugenicist named John Bell. In these screengrabs, you can note that the @SashaBanksWWE Instagram account is featured as one of those to like the post.
Now, this is not anything to freak out about particularly. However, Banks would go on to continue engaging with a similar account on the platform.
y’all better not be getting upset over this, y’all know mercedes is very spiritual and very adamant about staying true to herself, so don’t start making something out of nothing :/ pic.twitter.com/g9Uhuws0dA
— jana! (@haharollins) June 26, 2021
Brought to light by Twitter user @haharollins, Sasha Banks was seen reposting content from The Free Thought Project on Instagram. While this post discussing the freedom of independent thinking may not seem bad from the get-go, the content of the social media account itself details a portrayal of political and social conspiracy theories.
On the account, you can see posts that include but are not limited to: accusing John McAfee’s death as being a “suicide” cover-up, anti-vaccination content, anti-Juneteenth content, pedophilia accusations against the Clintons, 9/11 posts, and other general content that has been posted to spread a message to an intended audience.
What do we mean? Media is typically posted with one goal in mind – and that goal is typically determined by the content creator. At eWrestling News, we post news, rumors, articles, and other content to stir conversation about an industry that we have a deep-rooted passion for. At The Free Thought Project, posts attacking ideals held by the American democratic or left-leaning populous can be seen – and they are posted to further a political ideal and message. Banks’ sharing of this media was not received well by some wrestling fans.
With Banks being noted to have followed this Instagram account, some wrestling fans are speaking out about Sasha’s social media engagement with such a controversial platform.
love how sasha banks stans kept on calling the bucks anti vaxx just because of their religion and now…
my, my, my, how the turn tables
— sara | KENNY4BELTS 🦇 (@CR0YTSWRATH) June 26, 2021
wait is sasha banks anti vaxx??? welp there goes one of the only wwe wrestlers i actually cared about
— noah 🌸 (@RihoEnthusiast) June 26, 2021
If this is what she believes in then that’s on her.she shouldn’t have this much power on people lives
— Miss Ashley (@SnowballFalls) June 26, 2021
If it’s 99% survivable then why do you have outrage on your timeline over your crackpot wuhan lab conspiracy? You’re upset that something that you believe isn’t deadly was crated?
— Barry Bernsten (@Nifterific) June 26, 2021
— Alim (@ItzPHSavageWolf) June 26, 2021
Fun fact: Billy Gunn isn’t problematic like Sasha Banks. https://t.co/bSRMksbTf4
— BillyGunnFact (@BillyGunnFact) June 26, 2021
This would eventually make its way over to the prominent wrestling subreddit r/SquaredCircle, amassing over 1.4K upvotes at the time of this writing. So far, moderators have had to lock the comment section (later unlocking it as to not silence the voices of its users).
Now, we turn to you – the eWrestling News faithful. You’ve seen the facts and the reactions, and now it’s up to you. Do you think Sasha Banks is actually anti-vaccination? Do Sasha Banks’s political affiliations make you less of a fan? Does it even matter to you? Let us know in the comment section down below.
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P.S. This news piece was fully inspired by that final tweet about Billy Gunn. Thanks @BillyGunnFact on Twitter!