From Dave Weigel at Slate, “WWE Invents Odious Tea Party Character As Part of Publicity Stunt, Suckers Glenn Beck“:
The backlash started with Alex Jones’ InfoWars. Over the weekend, the WWE introduced a new wrestler/manager character, “Zeb Coulter,” who used his time at the mic to commemorate President’s Day and attack illegal immigrants. This enranged the Internet, as obvious attempts to enrage the Internet seem to do. Alex Jones lept on it first. Then Glenn Beck, who retains a (surprisingly boring) radio show and a subscription-based video channel, got angry about it….
If we’re inexorably falling into a “moment” of talking about this show, let’s give Beck some credit: The WWE is endorsing the pop culture consensus that opposition to immigration reform is 100 percent motivated by racism. Conservatives don’t have all that much pop culture backing them up on anything—gay marriage, birth control, increasingly even support for Israel. And now they’ve lost WWE, the organization that brought us the Iron Sheik.
Also via Weigel: That number again!
Arc of history, it’s on our side.