World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has come under intense scrutiny after one of its Russian characters made a highly ill advised comment alluding to the doomed flight MH17.
Lana, real name Catherine Joy Perry from Florida, plays the ‘manager’ for wrestler Rusev.
She accompanied Rusev into the ring and took their American-hating characters too far by saying: ‘You blame Russia for these recent current events!?’
Lana went on to say: ‘Tonight we dedicate this match to the most powerful man in the world. Tonight we dedicate this match to the man that makes fools out of all of you Americans.
He is my role model. He is my idol. The president of Russia.’
While Lana did not make any specific reference to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, viewers drew links to the current debate about Russia’s involvement with the crash.
It sparked an immediate backlash on social media.
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