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WWE Statement Concerning Muhammad Hassan
Due to the unfortunate terrorist attacks in London on Thursday, July 7, which coincided with our pre-produced WWE SmackDown! program, UPN has asked us to be sensitive to the usage of the Arab-American character, Muhammad Hassan. We have agreed with UPN, and have not had the character on SmackDown! since that date. It is uncertain as to whether or not the WWE will continue with this character beyond The Great American Bash Pay-Per-View which aired on July 24.
The characters of Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari are U.S. citizens of Arab descent who have grown up in America. Hassan and Daivari have spoken out about the challenges and poor treatment they have faced being Arab-Americans in a post 9/11 America. They have taken these complaints, and the way they express them, to the extreme, insulting their country, their fellow Americans and the U.S. troops to the point where they have drawn the resentment of their fellow Superstars and WWE fans.
In the real world, WWE believes that no matter what our race, religious creed or ethnic background in America, we all share the common bond of being Americans. American-Arabs are a part of the fabric of America, and they should be embraced by all of us
Barcs, You need to remember that Hassan is a character and not a real person. Yes, he and his partner may well be Arab Americans but they were playing roles that were preying on the fears of people and what is being played over and over again in the news.
Originally posted by Barcs
Yeah they already did kill the character at the last pay per view. There is a glimpse of hope though because in October they move to USA network. What a perfect time for him to make a comeback.
Originally posted by Barcs
Nah, they have people switch shows all the time. They have interpromotional matches as well. They consider Raw and Smackdown 2 different brands of the same company. Smackdown is being screwed by UPN in other ways too, because they are changing their timeslot to friday nights. Their contract with UPN runs out in 2006 (i think the beginning) and so far there is no intent of renewing. Raw's contract with Spike TV is up in September.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
your right its not a question of free speech
its about Equal Oppurtunity Employment Issue lmao
anyways if UPN wants to take my favorite bad guy off wrestling
*who was getting me back into wrestling actually after years of shrugging them off*
they get rid of him
i wont watch no more
there ; fair deal
they will lose ratings
and commercial $$$
tough luck UPN; bad choice
ill never come back to wrestling ever agian
The question is where does a violation of free speach occur and where does the government play its role. Please add this information or change the title.
UPN was not having that. Therefor, free speech is censored.