WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler has some polarizing opinions on old sexual assault allegations being brought to light, PC culture and female wrestlers being treated the same as men.
On a recent episode of Dinner With The King, Lawler was asked if he thought there’d be any scandals coming out of pro wrestling following the recent wave of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.
Jerry replied, “It appears that eventually anybody that’s ever flirted with anybody, or had any kind of sexual contact with anybody, is all of a sudden you could potentially be a target in the future.”
King’s co-host pushed his original question further and re-iterated that he was talking about serious accusations — like someone waking up to a sex act unwillingly being performed on them — to which Lawler started laughing. He then attempted to compare that to male wrestlers pranking each other by taking photos of their genitals next to a sleeping friend’s face.
“At the time, you’re thinking ‘this is totally harmless.’ But then all of a sudden, 15-years-later, that photograph shows up somewhere … it’s gonna offend somebody. That’s the way the country has become. Everything 99% of the people may think is done in jest, or whatever, and all of a sudden that 1% out there is gonna be offended by it. And that 1% can speak up as loudly as the other 99% cannot.”
Glenn Moore, the show’s co-host, once agains tries to explain his question and says he’s talking about someone using their authoritative position to entice someone into doing something sexually against their will. King finally responds saying he’s never heard of that happening.
Lawler then goes on a rant about not being able to say Attitude Era-like quips on commentary anymore, Bra & Panties matches being the highlight of the shows back in the day and how “we’ve gone so far now” that they have to treat women “the same as the men” by not calling them Divas.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
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