SmackDown! portrays terrorism after London bombings

The UPN network is coming under fire after airing an episode of WWE SmackDown! that depicted what was apparently a terrorist-themed wrestling battle. The sketch aired last Thursday, July 7--the same day as the tragic and fatal attacks on London's public transportation system.

The SmackDown! episode in question featured an Arab-American wrestler named Daivari being vanquished by a character known as The Undertaker. After the fight, another Arab wrestler knelt in simulated prayer while five masked men emerged to choke The Undertaker into unconsciousness. The five then fell to their knees as Hassan hoisted The Undertaker's head into a position similar to that of a beheading victim. Daivari's unconscious body was carried out over the heads of the masked group, calling to mind a funeral for a suicide bomber.

The sketch was completely edited out of the U.K. edition of SmackDown!, and disclaimers alerted US viewers to the possible offensive content.

When questioned about the nature of the terrorist sketch, executive producer Kevin Dunn asserted that "we try and be sensitive with everything we portray, but there's got to be protagonists and antagonists on our TV shows. We just happen to reflect the politics of the world sometimes--especially with these Arab-American characters."

Dunn encouraged viewers to remember that the WWE is "firmly in the entertainment business" and that the content of SmackDown! should not be taken seriously.

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true he should not have been taken off the show but he was not one of my favorite wrestlers anyway the undertaker is one of my favorites and to be honest i would have liked the undertaker to get up and kick his a** but that is just me and it is a SHOW not real so in someways he should not have been taken off the show.
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People were warned anyway and this should'nt be taken too seriously. It wasn't as if Daivari was bombing the Undertaker. It was only a scripted episode about an Arab who has some business with the Undertaker that isn't real. Gosh there are better things to write about like how Osama Bin Laden sucks and how George W. Bush caused the war in Iraq and how John Kerry should have been President or something like that.
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http://www.davidbailey.net/peopleforhassan/speak_out.php

Sign the petition to bring Hassan and Daivari back to the WWE. Let's do some "complaining" of our own.
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At the very least, Hassan should not have been taken off TV! How was it his fault? If anyone took offence at this, surely it's the writer's fault? Also it's so ignorant that just because Hassan is an ARAB-American, he is labled a terrorist! When did he do ANYTHING to label him a terrorist? He beat up 'taker, well it's not like we havn't seen that before! The fact is, the guys in ski masks wernt all Arabs anyway! So any artical saying "Arabs in Ski-masks" is totally wrong! I am more appauled by the media and UPN's reaction to this than WWE (Which is VERY unusual)
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First things first, it called World Wrestling ENTERTAINMENT for a reason. And thats cause thats what it is... ENTERTAINMENT! Its scripted. I dont think anyone is stupid enough to take the content of wrestling shows seriously. If they did, they must b on crack or sumthin. But seriously, its ridiculous the kind of attention this is getting Smackdown aint even live, its taped. It jus happens that they aired it on the same day as the attack. Its a coincidence. Nuthin more than that. So it shouldnt b taken seriously. Jeez! Its scripted! Its not like they killed the Undertaker for real.
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This stinks. If there was ever a reason to cancel this crud, it would be this.
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*I wrote this before but this site lamely doesn't tell you to register before trying to post*

There's no body left after a suicide bombing... how in the heck do they carry it on their shoulders at a funeral?
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cant believe how far we've fallen as a country and as a people.
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It's not real yes, but it's shows Arab are T. as if they are born like that. Kids watch wrestling and they don't filter things like we adults do. Such act builds hate toward Arab in our youths! Which will result ignorant people attacking Muslims and breaking Mosques due to an event that isn't related to them by any means.

Keep generating hate in this world and the word “Peace” will be removed from the dictionary.

PS: Hassan isn't really Arab-American. Just an actor.
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Would it of been ok if this angle had been done on 9/11.
I think not, the UK is one of the US biggest allies.
I am English and i was offended.
If Vince wanted high rating's, he would ban Triple H from Main Eventing and job him out to Ric Flair.
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The show's taped Tuesday, so this happened 2 days before the London Bombings. Still, the media yet again takes another story and blows it way out of proportion. It's sports entertainment, not real life.

Either way, WWE gotta be lovin this publicity.
wwe.com has a video up of Hussan responding to the press he has gotten.
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How were they meant to know that the show would air on the same night as the terriost attacks?!? Don't blame them for not being able to see the future because as a matter of fact... YOU CAN"T EITHER!
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people read to much into these things.
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Since when are they called "sketches"?

Yes, it was bad timing, but keep in mind: Smackdown is filmed on Tuesday nights (although this one was filmed on Monday night), so they couldn't anticipate what happened in London, so it's not being insensitive. It was just an unfortunate coincidence.

Plus, I heard they're going to give Hassan a new character soon anyway. Basically, right now he's like the Iron Sheik or Sgt. Slaughter in the 80's, Arab sympathizers.

Besides, it's a show.
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Gimme a break if anyone follows or followed wrestling this is not the first time they have done this. Remember the Iron Sheik?
Once again if it really disturbs you TURN IT OFF
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if you think this portrays terrorism your a ****, a racist. Hassan, Daivari have been playing this role since they got into the WWE so it's nothing new because the WWE did not create it after the attacks in London which was a horrible incident, and my heart goes out to the people it affected.
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I have to disagree.

1) It is entertainment

2) They are proving Hassan's character when they are stereotyping saying he is a terrorist and his ski masked guys were terrorists. First of all, Hassan is an Arab-American, so that's insulting. Secondly, I know for a fact the ski masked guys were Val Venis, and a bunch from indy wrestling.

3) They are not going to drop a plot just because something happened at the other side of the world. Yes, the London bombings are trageic, but does not justify ruining a storyline.

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Let's face it; the WWE is starving for the ratings they used to have but now they are desperate and try to capitalize on the negative attitudes toward Arab Americans, that in itself ignorant, and terrorist acts committed today. This had nothing to do with bombings, but last I checked there are still people getting accosted and kidnapped in Iraq by people dressed in a similar style. I am currently fighting the war on terrorism at my current job and this is not funny, entertaining or cool, it's insulting and tired. If WWE wants ratings so badly, try focusing on WRESTLING entertainment.
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Are you telling me that was fake???, OMG I really thought wrestling was a serious sport... I want my $10 check back!, it was sent to support The Undertaker´s medical expenses!

This is outrageous.
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UPN is the one to blame for this negative press they are receiving. WWE recorded this angle on the Monday night prior to it airing, which was days before the London bombing. WWE then sent the recorded tape (again, prior to the London bombings) to UPN to air. UPN reviewed the tape and decided to air a “viewer's discretion advised” message instead of editing out the controversial portion that occurred after the match.
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Muhammad Hassan's manager Davari does not speak Arabic. He probably is Persian. WWE lies about this. In fact, Muhammad Hassan is not even Arab. This is just a sad Excuse for the WWE to gain money. I was embarrassed to watch a show that portrayed such idiotic and offensive material. Its amazing how low a corporation will sink for money.
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it doesnt matter how many times you all say its entertainment, it already happened, people already complained about it. SmackDown! was taped on Tuesday and aired on Thursday, get that through your head
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When I first saw the sketch, I didn't even think it was a terrorist angle. I only realized it when I went to a wrestling website and there were all these negative comments about it.
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Hello!!! First an foremost, it's called Sports-Entertainment! Everything is a fake and expect things that are very unusual! Second of all, Smackdown is filmed on Tuesday, two days before it's airing! And they didn't know anything about the London attacks!
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I don't think that they meant to be offensive. As far as I know, they've been using those Arab guys for those kinds of crappy anti-Arab themed fights for a while. Although, after the terrorist attack that morning, they probably should have changed their schedule.
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... morons ... isn't it kind of insulting to compare entertainment to the real events? Do you really think that those that were involved want to hear you ranting about a damn TV show? It's entertainment.
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Terriost angle my ass...
Hell, how do they know they were supposed to be terriosts? How does anyone know that was what they were actually trying to do, make a terriost angle? How can you call Muhammand Hassan a terriost?! WHY THE HELL IS THE NEW YORK POST POSTING "Terriost Wrestles After Bombing"???!
Everyone needs to see the footage of him on WWE.com. EVERYONE.
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Bulls***. Smackdown is taped on Tuesdays, the attacks on the UK happened on the Thursday that this episode was supposed to air, and neither WWE nor UPN control what's going to happen in the world. Maybe if it would have happened on Tuesday or Wednesday they probably could have had time to edit the segment out. The media needs to get their heads outta their asses soon and quit causing trouble.
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For those people that know how fake a stages wrestling is, we know this was a big act. Nothing more...

For the rest of the people that hang on every show as if it's real and their lives depend on the outcome, let me share one important thing...

Wrestling is fake. It's staged, it's planned, it's all scripted... They had an episode that was possibly in poor taste. If people do not want to watch it, just pick up the remote and change the channel or just turn off the TV.
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metroid beam, one word: editing.
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I think the people that suffer the most have to be Mark Magnus (aka Muhammed Hassan) and Shawn (aka Kosrow) Daivari. Their characters are supposed to be Arab-American (key word: Americans) sick of being discriminated against and grouped with Terrorists. So how do they handle it? Make them terrorists. This isn't insensitive writing: it is STUPID writing.
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It's stupid. The taping didn't need to be edited. It's all in the name of entertainment, but I do sort of see where the people complaining about it are coming from.
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I think that it's ridiculous to attack SD! for something like this. Keep in mind that this show was not aired live, but that it was taped on Tuesday. And also, there were scrolls on the bottom of the screen that said that, due to the bombings in London, parental discretion was advised.
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One thing to remember, is that "Smackdown!" is taped on Tuesdays and what happened at the show was prior to the attacks, even though it was aired later. Even if it had been live. It's FAKE! Now on this week's Smackdown you'll see Hassan come out and talk about it. It was taped already and it will air on Thursday.
Ok. So Muhammad Hassan comes out on Smackdown and comments on how the press has been talking about him and the attack on the undertaker.
He referred to himself as the last true patriot in America. And that's something I've been trying to tell everyone for some time now. He is American. I don't understand why everyone in the audience starts shouting USA over and over thinking he is not from the USA. His tiantron is one of 2 or 3 that embrace the US flag.
Don Kaplan, who apparently doesn't know the first thing about wrestling entertainment, wrote an article for the New York Post saying "Terrorist werstles after Bombings". I didn't know ignorance flew this high. Mark Magnus is not a terrorist, and neither is his character Muhammad Hassan. I am actually offended by the media's reaction to this, as opposed to the Smackdown taping. I am a minority myself, I am Dominican and have been told I look middle-eastern. And prior to 9/11, I had never experienced prejudice, because as odd as it may seem, US was not fileld with racism. After the attacks, people look at me funny just because I am brown and have a beard with a shaven mustache. So, the fact that the media bashes Hassan for this nonsense actually scares me into thinking that perhaps it is only in my part of the country that prejudice isn't a problem. They are arab-american
One good point made by Hassan in his response was the fact that Don Kaplan referred to the attackers as "Arabs in Ski Masks". Hassan questioned this by saying "If they were wearing Ski-masks, how do you know they were Arabs?"
Now Hassan has been "denied his right to pursue the career of his choosing" which means, he won't be wrestling. But since he said this in character, I'm assuming he's just gonna be out of action until the PPV to form some kind of angle.
But the fact that someone thought this needed to be done is even more offensive.
Hassan's attack had nothing to do with terrorism, and nowhere did it imply he was a terrorist. But since a terrorist attack took place that day, people expected that he wouldn't be in action that night. Because "a terrorist shouldn't werstle after a bombing". Who said they're terrorists? Who said anything of the sort? This is America at its very worse. Racial profiling is a terrible terrible thing.
Am I the only one that is offended by the media's reaction?
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Who wrote this article anyway? It shows you just want attention. You have a picture of a middle eastern man in a turban and it says he was one of the wrestlers in the match. The fact is, he never stepped in the ring during that match and never threw a single punch. This alone makes this article not worth reading.
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GO HASSAN!!!!!!
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smackdown isnt a live event
it is taped tuesday(you can go onbline and find the results/spoilers so i knew about this for 3 days b4 it happened)... and then sometimes to save money the wwe tapes smackdown on the same night as raw on monday at the "supershow" as it was this week.... they had no idea the attacks would happen in london so dont blame them
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It shouldn't be taken seriuously and it was stupid.
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It's Entertainment !! I think the superstars after they've been trained to wrestle they train them to act !!
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This is bullcrap, its scripted entertainment, jeez, idiots
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I bet it was all just a coinsidence...
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Its fake wrestling, people were warned
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It was bad timing when it happened but even if it was just coinciedence it was kinda weird that he had 5 ppl come out and they did hold daivarie over thier heads which is wht they do for suiceide bombers.
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It was bad timing when it happened but even if it was just coinciedence it was kinda weird that he had 5 ppl coe out and they did hold daivarie over thier heads which is wht they do for suiceide bombers.
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There is no real comparison to what happened in London. Did they blow up the Undertaker? No Did they take his life? No. Is Hassan Shi'te Muslim scum. Yes.... Well not really but thats what they are protraying him as....

Its wrestling...

**** It.
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It's ridiculous all the attention this is getting.
It definitely wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the coincidence of the bombings in London being on the same day.
And I am willing to bet if they could have, they would have edited it that part of the show out.
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These people who go on about this, have no lives. Who cares it's just entertainment, it's not real and if there are any weirdo's out there that actually believe what their seeing then A. The shouldn't be watching it or B. They should be locked up. It's almost as bad as people complaining about 24. well nothing happened becuase of 24 and nothing will happen because of this.
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Bull.

Hassan kicks ass.
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It's called entertainment and they should be able to do whatever they want in the name of entertainment. Go World Wrestling Entertainment!!!!
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