WWE has been accused of promoting violence against essential workers, per the Daily Star in the UK.
The claim comes from Sabrina Fitzsimons, 41, in the United Kingdom, who claims that WWE’s latest action figure release, the ‘Wrekkin Slambulance‘ encourages violence against essential workers following the global pandemic.
“WWE has a huge following from littles ones right up to adults, including my 13-year-old son. I think it’s just such the wrong message. I just found it really offensive given the pressure I know the services have been under and the sacrifices that they’ve made. Is this good at any time, not just after a pandemic, to advocate violence against emergency workers? It’s never a good thing,”
The mother went on to state that she reached out to Smyths Toys, the store advertising the toy, who apologised to her for any inconvenience. Sabrina asked:
“Can I ask what the logic is in advertising a toy which encourages the destruction of an ambulance? (WWE Slambulance). At a time during a pandemic when there are active campaigns to reduce violence towards essential workers? And considering what the NHS has done for us over the past year I find the toy and the advert for it offensive and inappropriate. I would like to know why your company felt this was a good toy to get behind and advertise?”
The advert in question sees WWE star Drew McIntyre tear the door off an ambulance, before showcasing WWE action figures breaking the plastic ambulance.
Of course, WWE was deemed an essential business at the beginning of the pandemic, so every match WWE runs is technically promoting violence against essential workers.