Politician Glenn Jacobs, the former WWE wrestler known as Kane, has been accused of hypocrisy on Twitter after he denounced all-ages drag shows.
In a tweet Thursday, Jacobs, who has served as Republican Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee since 2018, vowed to do everything in his power to prevent such events from happening in his jurisdiction.
“For the past few days, my office has been inundated with calls about all-ages drag shows,” Jacobs wrote. “Let me be clear: I don’t care what consenting adults do, but leave the kids out. As Mayor, I will do everything I can to ensure these events do not occur on Knox County property.”
Twitter users were quick to respond by pointing out the wrestling profession, specifically the practice of cross-dressing among WWE’s stars.
“So there will be no children allowed at WWE events?” one user asked over a picture of retired wrestler Santino Marella.
Others highlighted the violent imagery regularly featured in the profession, mainly the use of weapons such as steel chairs.
“Anyway, here are 10 reckless chair shots that hit Kane in the head,” another user joked in a quote tweet.
Disturbing skits played out at WWE have also been highlighted by countless users, including one in which a wrestler “going by the name of Sexual Chocolate impregnated a 75-year-old woman in a storyline in which she eventually gave birth to a human hand.” .
“I was 10 years old when that happened. This was marketed to children,” wrote NBC reporter Ben Collins. “I’m fine now. Maybe sit out.”
But the most referenced storyline seemed to be one in which Jacobs’ character kidnapped another wrestler’s girlfriend, raped her and drilled a hole in the condom to get her pregnant.
Repeated references were also made to beauty pageants held for young girls in Tennessee and state laws aimed at eliminating age requirements for marriage.
“Is that what you mean by ‘sexualization’?” asked one user. “‘Tennessee Bill would eliminate age requirements for marriage.'”
Jacobs subsequently admitted that he didn’t really have the power to stop private companies from holding drag events.
“However, at this time, no law on the books gives me authority to deal with what happens in private companies,” Jacobs wrote. “I support and will support any effort by our state legislature to prevent the sexualization of our children.”
The statement comes as conservatives increasingly focus on drag shows across the country. Earlier this week, a man threw a Molotov cocktail into an Oklahoma donut shop after a drag show was hosted there.
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*Initial publication: November 3, 2022 at 3:49 pm CDT
Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.
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