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Televised Wrestling - entertainment or exploitation?
Transcript of Televised Wrestling - entertainment or exploitation?
History Areas of knowledge: Ways of knowing: Emotion
Perception What is WWE? World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company dealing primarily in professional wrestling being promoted under two main brands Exactly how "world-ly" is it? WWE programming is available in more than 600 million households worldwide , WWE is one of the biggest global brands in entertainment. Every week, the 150 people strong in-house production team delivers over 10 hours of original programming in multiple versions to 145 countries in 30 languages. Target Audience: The target audience for the WWE is children in their mid teens to late teens, watched weekly by millions of children and being awarded the highest rated cable show. Kids spend nearly 55 hours a week watching tv, texting or playing video games. More than 28 of these 55 hours are spent on watching tv alone. One of the top professional wrestler acknowledged the awful truth, stating: “We are selling the children. Wrestling sells the children.” What exactly does it offer? A survey conducted by the Indiana University’s Department of Telecommunication, found that in the typical two hour Raw is War program, only an average of 36 minutes was devoted to wrestling. They reported that the rest of the time was filled with multiple incidents of sexual and violent interactions, including: Kicks to the groin: 273 Garbage cans, chairs and brooms used as weapons: 609 Profane descriptions of people: 158 Obscene finger gesture: 157 Simulated sexual activity: 128 Scantily clad women: 70 Satanic activity: 47 Urinating: 21 Portrayal of a prostitute: 20 This study was completed over three years ago and since then these statistics have only escalated. Who does WWE exploit? Children. Women. WWE Divas: Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to use violence as an effective way of settling conflicts in the future.
Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life.
Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed. Diva is a term applied to women who appear as wrestlers, managers or valets, backstage interviewers, or ring announcers. Used merely as eye candy
integrity of women is reduced to almost nothing with the airing of matches like the "RAW diva pajama pillow fight match" The wrestlers themselves. 7.2 (a) If TALENT appears and performs in any Event in an arena before a live
audience at which admission is charged other than those arena events which are
taped or broadcast for purposes pursuant to paragraph 7.2 (b) and paragraph 7.2
(c) hereof (hereinafter "House Shows"), TALENT shall be paid by COMPANY an
amount equal to such percentage of the paid receipts for such House Show from
the live House Show gate receipts only as is consistent with the nature of the
match in which TALENT appears, i.e., preliminary, mid-card, main event, etc. and
any standards COMPANY establishes specifically for such House Show. However,
such amount shall not be less than One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) per House
Show. 9.3 TALENT shall be responsible for providing all costumes, wardrobe, props,
and make-up necessary for the performance of TALENT's services at any Event and
TALENT shall bear all costs incurred in connection with his transportation to
and from any such Events (except those transportation costs which are covered by
COMPANY's then current Travel Policy), as well as the costs of food consumed and hotel lodging utilized by TALENT in connection with
his appearance at such Events. 9.8 TALENT acknowledges the right of COMPANY to make decisions with respect to
the preparation and exploitation of the Programs and/or the exercise of any
other rights respecting Original and/or New Intellectual Property, and in this
connection TALENT acknowledges and agrees that COMPANY's decision with respect
to any agreements disposing of the rights to the Original and/or New
Intellectual Property are final, except as to TALENT's legal name, which COMPANY
may only dispose of upon TALENT's written consent. TALENT agrees to execute any
agreements COMPANY deems necessary in connection with any such agreements, and
if TALENT is unavailable or refuses to execute such agreements, COMPANY is hereby
authorized to do so in TALENT's name as TALENT's attorney-in-fact.
2.5 All Works and TALENT's contributions thereto shall belong solely and
exclusively to COMPANY in perpetuity notwithstanding any termination of this
Agreement. What does WWE exploit? Sexuality. One of the key selling points for WWE are the women. They are continuously made to wear skimpy clothing and are made to flaunt their sexuality. Vince Mcmahon, the majority owner and chairman of WWE himself commented, “People are very interested in sex, and we will exploit that as best as we possibly can.” Other Cultures. With the introduction of an Arab character, Muhammad Hassan, a lot of sentiments were hurt. The wrestler described himself as a Middle Eastern-American wrestler entering professional wrestling making heinous stereotypical comments. Emotions. Death of Eddie Guerrero Soap opera style of storyline. The story line is constantly kept engaging in the form of soap opera style of writing, compelling viewers to tune in week after week to see the story unfold further. This is one of the tactics Mcmahon uses to keep his TRP's up. Mcmahon mocking Jim Ross. Jim Ross suffers from facial palsy and millions were shocked at Mcmahon's outright mocking of his condition on national television. COUNTERCLAIMS: Innate nature. Humans are innately violent.
The past has shown us the violent nature of humans.
for example - The roman games. Business. Although morals and ethics are necessary for self satisfaction, does that hold good even for maximum profit and eventual success? Choice. choice is another issue to consider. Everyone is aware of what they're watching or want to see thus leaving each individual responsible for themselves. Conclusion. It is partially justifiable as although it creates a somewhat destructive society, its not the only company that does so. Nature of human beings is violent. Its upto each individual and the ethics and principles with which they are brought up to make their own decisions. In today's world, business is prime and thus an individual will go to any extent to become successful. THANK YOU! Bibliography. "Kids Spend Nearly 55 Hours a Week Watching TV, Texting, Playing Video Games..." The Daily Green. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/kids-television-47102701>. "Sample Contracts - Booking Contract - World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. and Vincent K. McMahon - Business Agreements." Sample Contracts - Booking Contract - World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. and Vincent K. McMahon - Business Agreements. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://contracts.onecle.com/wwe/mcmahon-vincent.emp.2000.02.15.shtml>. "WWE Calls on Fans to 'stand Up' and Fight against Negative 'media Attacks'" Examiner.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://www.examiner.com/article/wwe-calls-on-fans-to-stand-up-and-fight-against-negative-media-attacks>. "WWE." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Nov. 2012. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWE>. WWEGuarfuru. "WWE Intro HD." YouTube. YouTube, 26 May 2009. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLeUYcPPZDA>. "Good Fight Ministries." - WWF Flesh Fest. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://www.goodfight.org/a_v_wwffleshfest.html>.