If you watched Raw last night, you noticed something that very rarely happens on television anymore: R-Truth lit up a cigarette and started smoking it right in the heart of the arena in London. Well, turns out not everyone was not as high on the angle as WWE was.
The drama began when Ron “R-Truth” Killings hit up the audience for a smoke … and actually LIT UP right in front of them … including several children.
But the on-screen cig-fest didn’t sit so well with anti-smoking activist Patrick Reynolds — Executive Director of TobaccoFree.org — who has officially issued a challenge to the wrestler … to publicly apologize for the smoking stunt.
When I watched the angle, I was shocked that they took it that far. John Morrison mentioned that Truth is a smoker in the promo that preceded their match, so they kind of foreshadowed that could happen.
But you never actually figure that they are going to go that far just because they are branding themselves as a PG-show, they don’t want to offend any sponsors (like Mattel, who pays them a ton of money for rights to the action figures).
I am not surprised at all that some activist came out and asked for an apology.
I am all for sheltering children from smoking, or at least educating them on the subject. But this smells like some self-righteous wanna do good person who found an opportunity to say something to get his name in the news.
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