What Makes A Villian?
America is confused.
We don’t know who to cheer for anymore. Not in politics, the criminal justice system, sports, life…even wrestling fans are confused. In fact, it used to be a simple equation in professional wrestling: take a good guy (face) make him “fight” a bad-guy (heel), and have the bad guy play dirty. The face should be instantly “over” (read accepted) with the fans. That video I shared is of WWE’s number one asset, John Cena. To equate it, he is their Peyton Manning. Their Lebron James. Their Bugs Bunny. He’s the face of their organization. And when you are the face of the organization, you are typically “THE MAN” when it comes to being the most over face in the organization. That video was filmed in Boston mind you, near where John Cena was born. And he got booed! Most wrestlers, even those that are considered heels, get cheers in their hometown. Even when they come out and badmouth that hometown. Granted, Cena gets booed in every arena he visits. There’s always a close to 50-50 boo/cheer rant going, which has actually become very funny. Half the people chant that he sucks, half of the crowd cheers him on.
And this is where I find a problem with America (sorry if you thought that this was going to be a post about wrestling). We don’t know who are our faces, and who are our heels.
Lolo Jones has been one of the most criticized athlete of the 2014 Winter Olympics, simply for trying a sport, and using her talent to pursue a gold medal. Isn’t that what all Olympians do? She didn’t have to make light of the money that she got for training. That was uncalled for. Yet she gets bashed when she was not the person to have the final say in her addition to the USA Bobsled Team 3. And of course, when her team failed to finish in the top 10 of the Women’s Two-Woman races, people were quick to chime in on her failure.
Who should be a heel? Michael Dunn, the man found guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder, but held in limbo over an an actual murder charge where someone actually was killed. The victim, 17-year old Jordan Davis was sitting unarmed in the back of an SUV that was playing loud music. Before, and even during the trial, Dunn was painted, both by his defense and by some in the media, as merely a scared citizen, protecting himself from the perils of dangerous hoodlums. Since the trial has ended, it has become apparent that Dunn has an issue with people of different races. He comes off as a terrified bigot, clutching his pistol as if it is his only means of protection from the dire social issue that is the Negro in America. Yet, you don’t really hear all of the fuss about him being a “thug,” and a menace to society. In all actuality, what would you call a young Black or Hispanic man, who opened fire into a parked car and then sped away as if nothing had ever happened? Just as recent as a month ago a man was called a thug (and worse) for having an ill-timed rant after a football game. A football game!
America needs to pay closer attention about who we choose to applaud and who we choose to vilify.
Until next time.