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So. Let’s talk about this New Era Podcast that tried to drag Naomi Knight yesterday...

In case you haven’t seen their pseudo-intellectual concern-trolling racist claptrap, allow me to share some of the tweets that they haven’t managed to delete yet.

And this one…

And this one…

I wanted to make sure I captured the date and time in that image so you can see what and when it was happening. But essentially, this audio garbage called “The New Era Podcast” tried to mask its not-so-clever racism toward WWE’s Naomi Knight (aka Trinity Fatu) insisting that she’ll never be on the same level as Sasha Banks, Charlotte or Becky Lynch as long as she uses moves that involve highlighting her ass(ets) because it engages in playing to racial stereotyping and sexualizing her character.

Because we all know how the WWE is against racial stereotyping and sexualizing their characters, and even more so, how the WWE Universe is above eating up those stereotypes and feeding that strategy because it’s beyond their discriminating tastes.

Originally posted by annefrankisgod

Thankfully, there were plenty of the NaoMob there to defend Naomi and call them out on their fake concern trolling. 

Admittedly, I haven’t listened to the podcast. Why? Because I don’t feed trolls. Also, after I saw their pathetic attempt to whitesplain and mansplain their position on Twitter, I decided I loved myself too much to engage in such self-harm. But from what I can gather, three smarks got together and decided that the “Rear View” and the “Kiss My Lights” moves that Naomi uses in her vast array of in-ring accomplishments are “holding her back.” Remember that old chestnut? 

Pepperidge Farm Remembers.

Their claim is that the moves only sexualize her character (Heaven forfend!) and set a bad example for young girls who watch wrestling and think they have to use those types of moves to get over. The smarks claim that “she’s better than that” and if Naomi just removed those 2 spots from her performances, she’d get a better reception from the IWC.

Now, I don’t need to deconstruct all the bullshit that’s seeping through those screenshots or even the headline tweet for this podcast episode. (See below.)

But if this isn’t a perfect case of misogynoir, I don’t know what is. How dare a dark-skinned black woman behave in a manner that reminds us that she has physical features that would be considered attractive on a woman of a lighter hue! How dare a dark-skinned black woman use her unique assets to her advantage in an industry full of people trying to stand out and show their skills aren’t the same old cookie-cutter gimmicks that people have been recycling at every turn! How dare a dark-skinned black woman love herself enough to say “This is who I am and it’s amazing!”

What I love the most about these hot garbage podcasters is how these 3 smarks think they get a say in how any female wrestler choses to perform in the ring. It’s as if the simpletons believe they actually get to control how the female wrestlers use of their own bodies while practicing their craft. And if the wrestlers don’t comply with their faux outrage? Well, they’re going to boo and shame them like the oversexed harlots they are. 

This strategy of “I’m going to say I’m fighting racist stereotypes by insisting that a POC would be more receptive if they stopped reminding me they’re a POC” was recently used against Will Smith by ignorant journalists who desperately wanted to hate on Suicide Squad. Guess what? It didn’t work for them either. 

We see you. 

We see you hate the fact that Naomi is back in the title picture, and may pose a threat to your beloved NXT faves of a lighter hue. We see you hate the fact that her new entrance has garnered her some much-deserved attention that makes you think your faves might need to step up their entrance game to compete. We see you claim to respect and adore Naomi while at the same time engaging in racist tropes and discriminatory ideology all because it makes you feel funny down there. And a woman of her complexion isn’t supposed to make you feel funny down there, right?

We see you. We always see you.

Oh, and great job calling her husband and brother-in-law “thugs”. It did wonders to help your argument. Bravo!

So I’ve been pretty upset this last couple weeks because of what’s been going on with Hope Solo, and today when Seattle Reign tweeted how she was going to take indefinite personal leave from the club team it just hit me that she might not even be back to play with SRFC next season and might not even come back to finish the season …. since she’s moving and what not and all that’s going on:( Well my friend @mmayorgaa surprised me with this (that she did herself may I add) to cheer me up and man was this just the right moment. Thank you so much girl you are definitely one in a million.

If you want to know how a team that actually cares about the well being of one of its own vs one that cares only about image, money, and media pressure - look no further than how the reign have treated hope in this. at least she has a group of individuals and professional managers who choose to look at her as human and family first over making money and winning shit then conveniently tossing her aside when it no longer suits them.