CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
Pro Wrestling Torch
Pro Wrestling Torch Reaches The Most Wrestling Fans Every Week: #1 in iTunes • #1 on iPhone and iPad • #1 on Android • #1 on Kindle
GOT THE PWTORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Amazon Kindle
Windows Phone
PWTorch Phone App
KELLER'S TAKE
KELLER: Mark LoMonaco (Bully Ray) crosses a line when he "punks" a fan using multiple anti-gay epithets in Chicago

Mar 19, 2013 - 3:39:51 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY


StaffKeller08_120_5.jpg


By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Thursday in Chicago, as Bully Ray (real name: Mark LoMonaco) was leaving the ring with his Aces & Eights cohorts, he did what many heels do - he got in the face of fans and insulted them. That technique has been around forever and there's nothing wrong with it. Of course heels are jerks. You can't get heel heat if after cutting a heel promo in the ring, you smile, kiss babies, and hand out sunglasses or replica masks. Heels yell at fans as part of their act. Fans yell back. It's part of the fun of being at a wrestling show in person.

Bully Ray last Thursday night was caught on camera going too far. Way too far. Distastefully too far, well beyond what any fan should expect to be subjected to at a pro wrestling show, either as a direct target of the verbal barrage or just within earshot.

After Bully was jawing with various fans, he walked up to one fan, who just happened to be standing in front of someone who was recording with his camera so it was all caught on video. He walked up to this male fan, who was wearing a sleeveless shirt and had long dark hair and who didn't appear to say anything to him. Bully got within a few inches of his face and unleashed this rant:

[*** Warning: The language here is offensive and unedited ***]

"Sit down, faggot. Yeah… [inaudible for a second]. What are you gonna do? You ain't gonna do a damn thing. You got punked in your own frickin' town. I'm punkin' you out in front of [Bully leans to the side, looks at who's sitting next to the fan, and says], I'm gonna say your daughter. You got punked! You invented fags, you fag. You should've did something already, you should've did something already, but you ain't doing nothing'. I'm punking you in front of your hometown. You frickin' queer. You shave your frickin' chest."

Bully then walked away. Various Aces & Eights cohorts, including Mr. Anderson and Knox, made gestures to the fan as they walked by him. Knox had a few additional words.

There's a chance a word here or there was not audible or I misheard it, but you get the gist of it.

The lowest form of heel heat is resorting to walking up to someone and using a term like "faggot," "fag," and "queer." In 2013, after decades of discrimination and hateful language like that contributing to a culture that has instigated and empowered bigoted people to teasing, beating up, and sometimes killing people who were gay or they suspected were gay or just had effeminate traits, that language flat out shouldn't be part of a heel wrestler's vernacular (or anyone's, for that matter). Just last month a mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, Mississippi was murdered. He was also the first openly gay political candidate in Mississippi history. [NEWS STORY LINK]

I have been told Dixie Carter and Bully Ray will both be issuing public apologies for last Thursday's incident caught on tape, there will be disciplinary action levied against Bully and that Bully says he feels horrible about it. That's nice and it's the right thing to do after the fact. It's telling, no matter how "terrible" Bully feels now, that those specific words rolled off his tongue like that in the first place.

No fan who attends a TNA event, which is marketed to families, should be subject to that. There might be a backstory or a context that explains why Bully picked that fan out, but there was nothing in the video that indicated the fan did anything other than stand there as Bully walked by. He was the tallest fan in the area, so perhaps Bully went after him to prove what a badass he was.

In any case, that fan was in a no-win situation. Stand there and stare down Bully as he pelted him with one demeaning, derogatory epithet after another, including bringing his family into it, or walk away and perhaps look worse in front of his family and "home town," or punch back, which would result in his being arrested.

Yes, Bully's gimmick is that he's a bully. There's a way to be a Bully that fits with the tone of the show. It's an honor at some stand-up comedy shows to be called out and made fun of. There are comedians who bring the crowd into it. But I doubt there are many comedians who would respect the level of vile over-the-top crassness and bigoted language that Bully used in that instance, apparently unprovoked. I talked to one experienced pro wrestler whose opinion I respect immensely and who has played both a babyface and a heel in multiple promotions in his career, and he felt Bully went way, way over the line.

If this were an ECW show, it'd still be the cheapest, lamest form of getting crowd heat. No one as immensely talented as Bully should have to resort to that, but at least at an ECW show you could say the fan knew a little more what he was getting into since ECW was never marketed to families. It'd still be shameful and lame of Bully to use that language, but the fan would have less ground to stand on terms of feeling unjustly attacked and humiliated.

If fans believe that's the kind of language and personal attack that might be coming their way, or that their family members including children might be subject to overhearing that, TNA is going to make some people think twice about attending the show.

I doubt Spike TV, and parent company Viacom, would be thrilled with the resulting publicity from having a leading character on one of their top rated TV shows using those words and going after an audience member so harshly and relentlessly, especially unprovoked.

I'm curious to see how far TNA goes in addressing this. I have been a huge fan of Bully Ray's work the last year or so as both a heel and a babyface. I've been a proponent of his getting a run with the World Title. I've applauded that he's gotten himself into, by far, the best shape of his career. I think he's been one of the most deserving wrestlers in the industry of a main event push.

This week he's just as talented as he was last week. However, after seeing the video from last Thursday, I feel differently about him as a person and have lost respect for him as a professional.

(View the video below. The incident at topic begins at the 6:15 mark near the end of the video.)

VIDEO LINK: LINK TO BULLY RAY USING ANTI-GAY EPITHETS TO INSULT FAN (rant begins at 6:15 mark)]



We suggest these recent related articles...
KELLER: What TNA could have done to save Bound for Glory on a budget, plus Random Thoughts on Vickie Guerrero, Raw-Smackdown brand split, least favorite match of the year
KELLER BLOG: Random Thoughts on Total Divas, NXT, WCW 20 years ago, TNA's future, Hall of Fame
VIP - KELLER’S ESSAY 8/31: WWE Roster Depth Chart Q3, pt. 3: Who is on the rise? Who is settled in as a mid-carder? Who is being underutilized? Swagger, Cesaro, Big E. Big Show, Mark Henry, Miz, Kane, Ziggler, Sheamus, Kane
prowrestling.net
CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE PW.NET HEADLINES


CLICK TO EMAIL THIS ARTICLE
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN LISTING

NEW! SIGN UP FOR FREE PWTORCH BREAKING NEWS EMAIL ALERTS
BECOME A PWTORCH VIP MEMBER
-FORMER MEMBERS LOGIN HERE TO RENEW
-NEW MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
SELECT BY ARTICLES CATEGORY
SEARCH PWTORCH.COM



CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING PRO WRESTLING EVENTS
MORE HEADLINES AT AFFILIATE SITES
MMATorch
LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR MORE MMATORCH HEADLINES


PWTORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!
VOTE: How should WWE handle the craze around Randy Orton RKO Vines?
 
pollcode.com free polls
RawScoreboard_Wide_11.png


Would you watch Raw both more often and longer per show if it was 2 hours instead of 3 hours?
 
pollcode.com free polls

MCNEILL LIVECAST POLL: What is the greatest Hell in a Cell match in WWE history?
Taker vs. Michaels (October 1997)
Taker vs. Mankind (June 1998)
Hunter vs. Cactus Jack (February 2000)
Lesnar vs. Taker (October 2002)
Michaels vs. Hunter (June 2004)
Batista vs. Taker (November 2007)
Cena vs. Orton (October 2009)
Undertaker vs. Hunter (April 2012)
Other (email to pwtorchlivecast @gmail.com)
  
Free polls from Pollhost.com

VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS



LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE INC HEADLINES

_
LATEST FREE AUDIO SHOWS - CLICK TO LISTEN VIEW MORE PWTORCH LIVECAST EPISODES
DOWNLOAD PWTORCH LIVECAST APP
SUBSCRIBE TO PWTORCH LIVECAST IN ITUNES


ABOUT US

THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE

PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.

He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.

He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).

He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTORCH STAFF

EDITORS:
Wade Keller, editor
(kellerwade@gmail.com)

James Caldwell, assistant editor
(pwtorch@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:
Bruce Mitchell (since 1990)
Pat McNeill (since 2001)
Greg Parks (since 2007)
Sean Radican (since 2003)

We also have a great team of
TV Reporters
and Specialists and Artists.

PWTORCH VIP MEMBERSHIP

PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.

Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.

The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...

-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars.


**SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**

CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCASTIPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
VIP SIGN-UP
VIP LOGIN
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY