New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has dipped her toe, and her two cents, into the world of professional wrestling.
On Saturday a new promotion, All Elite Wrestling, held its first event in Las Vegas, Nevada with it’s “Double or Nothing” Pay-Per View.
Billed as an alternative to the wrestling giant World Wrestling Entertainment the fledgling company had to do something to separate itself.
One of the ways the company has apparently chosen to do that is with a focus on using diversity to gain attention and it appears to have worked.
The show featured male and female wrestlers, many races of performers as well as a wrestler with no legs, Dustin Thomas, and transgender wrestler Nyla Rose.
Cody Rhodes, the son of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes and brother of former WWE superstar Golddust, Dustin Rhodes, gave a speech about his take on diversity after the event.
His wife is Brandi Rhodes, an African American woman he met and fell in love with when they were both performers in WWE.
“Well, I’m in an interracial marriage, and I’ve learned a lot that I would have never known. One time I told Brandi— I said ‘I don’t see color.’
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“And she said, ‘Well, then you don’t see my experience.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s… you’re right. I can’t just say that.’
“You need to be able to see that experience and at least understand it,” the 33-year-old former Intercontinental champion said.
“The old territory system of ‘just one’—that’s out. The best wrestlers, they’re going to field the game and that’s a very diverse profile.
“I’m really proud of that, but I know we’re not going to make that—we’re going to promote them as wrestlers.
“We’re not going to make it a PR element for us. I’m really proud of that. It’s about the wrestling,” he said to reporters.
The “just one” he was referring to was the old tradition in pro wrestling to have “just one” African-American wrestler on each show.
The focus on diversity grabbed the attention of the 29-year-old representative who praised wrestler and executive vice president Rhodes.
“This exchange is a promising peek into what growth looks like in our national discourse on race,” she said. “Thanks for sharing your experience in this powerful moment.”
This exchange is a promising peek into what growth looks like in our national discourse on race.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 26, 2019
The most interesting part is that Ocasio-Cortez is unaware that the company she is supporting is funded by billionaire Shahid Khan.
Khan is the owner of the NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars and a supporter of President Donald Trump who donated $1 million to his inauguration.
Rude awakening for you. AEW is backed by Shahid Khan, a major donor to President Donald Trump.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 27, 2019
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