We mentioned in August that now-former WWE CEO Linda McMahon had tossed her hat into US politics. In September we posted her first ad. Since that time, she has positioned herself among front-runners for the Republican nomination in Connecticut to run against embattled incumbent Chris Dodd.
As her campaign has taken shape, critics argue the WWE has scrubbed its image to inoculate her from criticism over its traditionally racy content (while McMahon herself rarely even mentions her company by name on the trial).
One of those more notable critics is former 'rassler "Superstar" Billy Graham. From the Hartford Courant last month:
Superstar Billy Graham is speaking out against the woman he says made millions from the violence, sexual exploitation, blood and excesses of professional wrestling. What outrages him particularly, he says, are recent attempts to sanitize the wrestling mega-enterprise whose sexy women wrestlers once performed in "lingerie matches" and were still posing nude in Playboy as recently as 2008. He views this toning down as a huge act of hypocrisy — an attempt to graft a family-friendly face onto a business that has been anything but.What's head-scratching, then, is the Fed's decision last week to bring the 2008 Playboy Magazine Model of the Year, Jillian Beyor (who wrestling sites are claiming - read: gossiping - "appeared in a few adult themed fetish video shoots back in 2007 under the name Brianna"), as one of their renowned Divas.
Beyor shares esteemed company with Sable, Chyna, Torrie Wilson, Christy Hemme, Ashley Massaro, Maria Kanellis, and Candice Michelle as Diva/Playmates.
If the soft-core rumors are true, with Michelle, she shares the distinction of hitting Diva/Playmate/Porn Star trifecta.
Michelle was fired back in June for not looking "Diva-like." With the overall toning-down of the television product, one must wonder, however, whether it was a politically motivated move to distance the company (and thus, the candidate) from a porn star. And conversely, why they'd bring on Beyor.
Getting back to Michelle, under the name Mackenzie Montgomery, Michelle appeared in over 60 hardcore porn films and scenes before and during her time as a WWE Diva, specializing in bondage films (including classics Gagged and Frightened!, Bare Breasted Bondage Girls, Hand Gagged!, and Guys And Girls: Ropes And Gags. The impressive resume reads like an RS Video order.
Why does this matter?
Well, it just seems disingenuous of candidate McMahon to 1. Distance herself for the company that's afforded her the luxury of self-financing her campaign; and 2. pretend it's something it's not.
(Then again, she's running for the US Congress. Lies and mistruths are part of the game I suppose.)
From Politico's Josh Kraushaar ("A Smackdown Against Linda McMahon"), "McMahon has played down her professional background on the campaign trail, and dismisses the criticism of the WWE, calling it family-friendly entertainment."
You want a seat in the US Senate? Start by being truthful about your own company. Everyone knows its reputation anyway. Hell, they can just check the YouTubes if they're unsure: If it's not the above Playmates getting down and dirty on the programs, you can always catch 10 minutes of simulated sex between two of the fighters.
But relax, Linda. People will understand that it's just "sports entertainment." Embrace it. It's not like you're peddling this smut to kids.
Oh wait, maybe you are.
Anyway, your real liability is this guy: