"It seems that the WWE is as openly pro-Saudi as it is lately homoerotic, that is, intensely."
As Saudi Arabia denies, it had something to do with the sudden disappearance of Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a vocal critic of his government, and pressure from the West intensifies to find out what happened, John Oliver took the WWE to task Sunday night. Last week tonight Because of its close relationship with the nation.
Oliver brought the recent 10-year package that the fight organization signed with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia. The first event held there was the Great Royal Royal Rumble in April, and the second was the Crown Jewel scheduled for November 2 at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will include the inaugural tournament of the WWE World Cup. " to determine which is the best The world, "according to the organization's website.
Referring to Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, Oliver said: "MBS PR's impulse is not just to attract business, it is also to change the perception of the world about Saudi Arabia. " deal with one of the most popular and most American franchises that exist: World Wresting Entertainment, or WWE. They had their first of many events there in April, and audiences around the world were treated to wall-to-wall propaganda about the new "Saudi Arabia, which includes videos showing women driving happily, men dancing and beauty shots of tourist destinations, as well as constant praise during the broadcast. "
Then, Oliver showed several clips of the WWE events that took place in Saudi Arabia and the host of the WWE praised the nation, and concluded with a video of star wrestler John Cena thanking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Oliver said: "Wow, it seems that the WWE is so openly pro-Saudi as lately it is homoerotic, that is, intensely".
On Friday, amid the pressure and criticism of the agreement, WWE said in a statement that "we are currently monitoring the situation."
Oliver said: "As for the WWE, while they say they are monitoring the situation, their gigantic Crown Jewels event is still scheduled for November, which means that John Cena could be back there. [praising Saudi Arabia again], which I suppose in this context means you do not see these human rights abuses here, "Oliver said as he waved his hand in front of his face.
Here are the WWE sections of the main story about Saudi Arabia in the new "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" that debuted tonight on HBO. pic.twitter.com/NNOVgzVftW
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