Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Morality Of Enzo Amore

Not sure how this subject got so heated on Twitter last night, but the whole deal with Enzo Amore, Lana, and Rusev has been a bit of a mess.

The simplest way to describe the issue is that "Enzo Amore is clearly not the face here."  You've got the Rusev aspect of it too, but I don't find his motivation and actions as interesting as Enzo's.  Basically, Rusev is a husband who may be completely overreacting, but also very clearly has a point.  I think we mostly agree on that aspect of this.

What I find more interesting is Enzo's behavior.  Why?  Well, he's the presumed face in this whole deal.  That led to some discussion about misogyny in wrestling, parental involvement in teaching our children, and whether "turn off the TV if you don't like it" is an appropriate sentiment.

In as few words as possible, I'd like to tackle this.  First, I think there's a slight misunderstanding as it relates to what the issue is.  Once people started complaining about Enzo's behavior some defended it by saying, "He's a flawed character."  That is true.  Further they said, "That we all know this."  Also true, but it misses the point.

The point isn't whether Enzo is a flawed character.  The point or question really is whether WWE is actually portraying him as a flawed character.  What I mean by that is they have him involved in some really questionable behavior, but I don't get the sense that they see him as anything other than the good guy in all this.  I think that's unfortunate.

As for the parental involvement aspect of this, anything can and should be used as a teachable moment.  So if WWE is putting forth a face who is behaving in a manner that sets a bad example I would certainly talk to my kids about it.  That's not really my problem with some of the takes I read on Twitter last night.

My problem is "Parents need to teach their kids" is often used as a way to shut down any criticism of the product.  It is true, but it is used in a way that is intended to end the conversation which I think is misguided.

Along those lines "Turn off the TV if you don't like it" isn't particularly helpful either.  I mean, I would respond that way if someone was organizing a boycott of a show or something like that.  On the other hand, criticism/analysis of the product is what social media is all about.  Shouting about turning off the TV because you take issue with something on screen serves no real purpose.  Discuss the issue at hand or ignore it, but don't try to make it as if voicing concerns is inappropriate.

TL; DR: The criticisms of how WWE has portrayed Enzo are fair, parents should be involved in what their kids watch, don't use that line to shut down criticism, taking issue with the product is fair, don't be so quick to jump to "change the channel" if you don't like it.  

That's pretty much my take on it.  Twitter (@S_ATL_Wrestling) is honestly the best way to respond to this or leave a comment below.