WWE Issues Statement Over Racist Jinder Mahal Promo

If you watched Smackdown Live this week, you will know there was a lot of controversy regarding a promo that Jinder Mahal made. The promo was deemed racist by a lot of people as it mocked the appearance of Japanese wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura.

Mahal is a heel (bad guy) and was calling out Nakamura for looking funny due to his appearance. He also stereotyped him by calling him Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid movies. Fans in the audience felt Mahal's words went too far in the current WWE landscape. Sure Mahal is playing a bad guy, but many people feel the writing for his promo poorly reflected the company's image.

WWE has responded to the criticism via a statement they gave to The Washington Post. The professional wrestling company assures fans that they appreciate people from all backgrounds. You can read their full statement posted down below.

Just like many other TV shows or movies, WWE creates programming with fictional personalities that incorporates real world issues and sensitive subjects.As a producer of such TV shows, WWE Corporate is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.

Glorifying racism is never a good thing, although Mahal is a heel (bad guy) so it kind of makes sense that he acts like a scumbag. Still, many fans feel there are other ways for the character to get heat that does not have to resort to obvious racist remarks. In either case, WWE does not feel easy about the incident since they did not share the promo on YouTube. It will be interesting to see how the Mahal vs. Nakamura feud progresses from here on out.

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