Update: Glenn Beck has responded to the WWE's challenge that he appear on their program after criticizing their new Tea Party-inspired character.
Beck's answer? "Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else."
Original post below:
The WWE wants Glenn Beck on "Raw."
That's the word after Beck slammed the fake wrestling franchise for one of its newest characters, the Tea Party-inspired "Jack Swagger" and his racist manager "Zeb Colter".
"WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw," WWE said in a statement Friday. "Beck references WWE as 'stupid wrestling people,' when criticizing a recent WWE storyline involving WWE characters Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio™, Jack Swagger™ and Zeb Colter™. WWE is giving Beck the opportunity to address our 14 million weekly viewers and our global fan base, as he believes we are offending our 'conservative' fans with this storyline."
Beck had slammed the WWE for "making a villain out of" the Tea Party when much of its audience likely tilts conservative.
“You’re making a villain out of what? Probably 80 percent of your audience who’s tired as it is of being miscast? They’re tired of this,” Beck said. “I’m sick and tired of being miscast. I am sick and tired of it. It is lazy at best. And I certainly am not going to give any more time or my money to any organization that is miscasting, is making it harder for me and my family to stand up for what I believe in."
The WWE said it's in the entertainment business and creates "fictional characters to serve as protagonists or antagonists."
"To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines. WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view. This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20% of our audience," the statement said.
TheBlaze is anxiously awaiting Beck's response to the WWE's challenge. We'll let you know if we hear anything official.
It's worth noting "Raw" will be taping in Dallas on Monday, where Beck lives.