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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.39
Not what WWE wanted Touted out, apparently.



EDIT: It's gone - here's a new embed from blip.tv:


Flash transcript: "Driving to Indianapolis after a Monday Night Raw beating up Tyson Kidd... I got my personal chauffer here, Sakamoto... VERY very dangerous to drive with a Japanese person...open your eyes!" and he slaps him, and Sakamoto says something (in Japanese, I'm guessing).

That's...I mean, this is pro wrestling, guys. That's not very racist for pro wrestling. But I'm a white guy so I'm probably racist. Anyone from our Japanese contingent want to weigh in?

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
I heard "Sorry sorry sor..." with his accent not anything in Japanese.

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Jesus, heels aren't PC! You can't make a rape joke, or insult your Japanese slave without stepping on toes in this company nowadays.

Plus I thought the point of his gimmick was that he embarrassed Japanese guys to death overseas and came back here for real competition? You can kick the shit out of your asian "worshipper" when you lose the match on TV, but insult the guy's driving and your in the doghouse? Bullshit.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.36
    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    Jesus, heels aren't PC! You can't make a rape joke, or insult your Japanese slave without stepping on toes in this company nowadays.

    Plus I thought the point of his gimmick was that he embarrassed Japanese guys to death overseas and came back here for real competition? You can kick the shit out of your asian "worshipper" when you lose the match on TV, but insult the guy's driving and your in the doghouse? Bullshit.


There's an idea: Stick Tensai in AW Enterprises. (Assuming both don't wind up like Finley. Over/Under on either or both getting their futures endeavored?)



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.01

Anything the company or anyone on a WWE tv show does that could potentially embarrass Linda's campaign or be used as fodder by her opponents is going to get an apology, "deserved" or not.





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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.27
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Anything the company or anyone on a WWE tv show does that could potentially embarrass Linda's campaign or be used as fodder by her opponents is going to get an apology, "deserved" or not.




Latest poll, she is down 8 points with 3 months to go, I don't think she is going to win. On top of the report that her and Vince lost $500 million in WWE stock, I don't expect her to try to run for any office including dog catcher. They might as well just go anti-PC which is what I expect to happen after November anyway.

(edited by lotjx on 1.8.12 0639)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
Bobby Heenan made a living off this sort of thing, of course this was 20 years ago.

Five years ago nobody in wrestling even notices, but when you do it outside of the wrestling world and right after the AW comment you are probably screwed because some people will notice.

AW, Lawler and Tensai all in a row, WWE might need to bring everyone in and lay down some company ground rules on what is acceptable for a wrestling company and where they are drawing the line.

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    Originally posted by CEOIII
      Originally posted by CruelAngel777
      Jesus, heels aren't PC! You can't make a rape joke, or insult your Japanese slave without stepping on toes in this company nowadays.

      Plus I thought the point of his gimmick was that he embarrassed Japanese guys to death overseas and came back here for real competition? You can kick the shit out of your asian "worshipper" when you lose the match on TV, but insult the guy's driving and your in the doghouse? Bullshit.


    There's an idea: Stick Tensai in AW Enterprises. (Assuming both don't wind up like Finley. Over/Under on either or both getting their futures endeavored?)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
It's the wording. It might burn a few ass hairs, but I can go around all day saying people from Massachussetts are lousy drivers. He says people from Japan, he's okay, but he directly referenced ethnicity by saying Japanese people.

Heels shouldn't be PC, but not as tasteless as being 'the racist guy'. I give this a 5/10 on the Colonel DeBeers scale.



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#10 Posted on
He's not only racist but a bully too. I grew up in Mass. and yeah they are lousy, by the way Tensai is from Massachusetts.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
    Originally posted by edoug
    He's not only racist but a bully too. I grew up in Mass. and yeah they are lousy, by the way Tensai is from Massachusetts.


I know he's from there, that's why I picked Massachusetts.

(Aside from my Yankee fandom, I have nothing against the state.)



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#12 Posted on
Maybe I am missing the point (the video is gone so I'm just going by the transcript), but isn't this a 'slant eye' joke? Isn't that the point of saying 'open your eyes"? So it's not about the driving, right?



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    Originally posted by ges7184
    Maybe I am missing the point (the video is gone so I'm just going by the transcript), but isn't this a 'slant eye' joke? Isn't that the point of saying 'open your eyes"? So it's not about the driving, right?


It was both really.

I think the biggest issue was

a) it wasn't funny
b) it was said with vitriol- not charming, not trying to be comedic- just being a flat out racist.

But I guess if you give these meatheads an open forum like tout, of course they are going to expose themselves in such a matter. Surprised it hasn't happened more across Twitter, etc
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.28
Tensai just spent the last 7 years happily wrestling in Japan, I think it may be a leap to assume he hates the Japanese people based on a single Tout.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Tensai just spent the last 7 years happily wrestling in Japan, I think it may be a leap to assume he hates the Japanese people based on a single Tout.


Precisely. He probably just knows what buttons he could push. Besides, if he was saying that to be offensive or malicious, would Sakamoto have reacted the way he did?





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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
Does anyone know if Sakamoto is any good in the ring?

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
At least he didn't call him a goof.
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This is exactly what I cannot stand about people today? 20 years ago, we had Homey the Clown and all sorts of shit on SNL that could have been considered anti-PC.

Jesus, I remember Handy Man, the handicapped super hero! But now all of a sudden, that is tasteless? What in the hell happened to people in the 20 years since all this?

Look, I am quarter Japanese and I personally don't care if someone is going to make a joke about this. It's not that serious folks, take a chill pill...lord.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.69
SNL and In Living Colour were late-night comedy shows, not PG-rated "family programming" like WWE.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
It just occurred to me ... we saw the Tout, and yeah, it's questionable. But the subject line is that Tensai is "in trouble" for this Tout. Is there any confirmation that he's actually in trouble?
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