Click Here (cbsc.ca) The complaint is from the August 18, 2003 Raw show. Here are "the facts"(as they called it) of what happened in this episode. Call it a retro review
The episode started by naming, and showing pictures of, the wrestlers who would be competing that evening. Two of them were then shown with a model, Stacy, standing between them, following which the announcer advised that the winner would get “Stacy’s services for the night”. A visual announcement to this effect was also flashed on the screen... Twelve minutes into the episode, Stacy was interrupted in the locker room by “Test” who used to be her previous “owner”. He began sweet-talking her but then changed his tone and advised her that, when he won, “I’m gonna treat you like the little slut you are.” At another moment, the announcer told the television audience that Test had mentally and physically abused Stacy in the past.
Then, almost 40 minutes later, Stacy was shown in the locker room with Test and two other wrestlers, who were urging her to dance. She begged Test not to force her to dance. He told her that she had to do it and helped her to stand up on the bench and dance. He then said to his pals, “Welcome to my lap dance party, boys” and informed his companions to keep their money because this one was on him. When she started to dance, partly facing the wrestlers, Test told her, “Turn your face around; nobody’s looking at that anyway.” They all then started clapping to accompany her dancing.
During another segment of the episode (which began in the second hour), the announcer talked to Linda, one of the customary WWE team, who had been injured and was staying at home. When her doorbell rang shortly after, Eric Bishoff, another of the regular WWE team, dressed in a suit came into the room and talked to her about his anger towards her son, an opponent wrestler. After the commercial break in the midst of the segment, Eric began coming on to Linda. As a part of his approach, he then twisted her arm, asked her to show him where the bedroom was, called her “the big breasted beauty”, said, “You’ll enjoy it so much more that way”, and kissed her against her will.
The segment that concerned the complainant in particular took place towards the end of the show. In an incident presaged by a scene an hour and a half earlier in the show, the later segment depicted a wrestler tied up and unconscious while another angry wrestler poured gasoline on him and stuffed his mouth with a cloth. When the “hostage” awoke, the angry rival lit a match, ostensibly threatening to put him on fire. The threat did not materialize.
The Complaint letter
I run a Community home for 4 adult Downes syndrome [sic, Down Syndrome] men and they are addicted to WWF. I find the portrayal of women on the show to be demeaning to say the least and it appears to be getting worse as illustrated on the show of 18th Aug. suggestion [sic] of a striptease for hulking men in a locker room, but what really did upset me was the depiction of a graphic scene as follows. One wrestler is handcuffed by another angry wrestler and suspended from a contraption of some sort. He is then verbally abused, has a rag shoved in his mouth and this other creature then pores [sic] over him gasoline (at least that is what it said on the gerry can). He then continues to be offensive and lights a match with the obvious intent of immolating this wrestler but decides then not to. I find this an extraordinary example of gratuitous violence that should NOT be allowed on Canadian screens.
Uh oh, somebody didn't get the F-out. I'm glad someone who runs a group home is in the belief of feeding an addiction. I have to say the gasoline thing was a bit much.
If you read the Council release, they said nothing that breach programming codes. So TSN (and other Canadian stations) now has to give a verbal "Discretion is advised" along with the wording. Also has to put up a Canadian TV 14 box for 20 seconds top of each hour... I giggled when the council wrote this "Since, among other things, the two scenes taper away into non-events from their initial plot-setting moments, there is actually no dramatic conclusion to, or even development of, either scene" LoL Tell us about it, that's like 70% of WWE storylines and angles
smark/net attack wienerville advisory is raised to YELLOW alert - Elevated (JBL is the new WWE champion, good gawd hide under the desk. But Benoit is World Champion allowing some safety in the IWC)- 6/28
Originally posted by The Complaint letter He is then verbally abused, has a rag shoved in his mouth and this other creature then pores [sic] over him gasoline (at least that is what it said on the gerry can).
Gerry can? Isn't 'Gerry' a racist remark for a German person? If so, this person has no leg to stand on with their complaint of indecency.
I just noticed on Raw yesterday that they actually READ out the disclaimer/warning on the air as it's being displayed.
I don't understand what difference it's going to make, really. Unless it's a father or mother watching with a kid, the average person will ignore the statement. Never once have I known someone to change the channel when something like that comes on...or for that matter, stop a video when a warning that it's for adults only appears.
Its pretentious people like that annoy me to tears. I still can't believe the person who wrote the letter couldn't have just changed the channel. Lord knows, something less violent (like CSI or whatever) was on at the same time, they could have watched that.
Grrrrrr, people sometimes.
The SOK has seen the following cinematic masterpieces so far this year:
Eurotrip; Scooby Doo 2; Shrek 2; The Ladykillers; Spider-Man 2; Anchorman; 13 Going On 30.
Nice idea in theory, but it's a few years too late for that. Much the same way WCW killed his aura by making him frequent fodder for Nash and Goldberg, WWE did at least as much damage to him as far as being useable as an unstoppable monster.