When a woman of note in any profession tweets about being treated fairly and like everyone else, the results are…well, quite frankly, it’s never good. The responses are usually pretty predictable (and predictably awful), ranging from most innocuous – the ‘notice me nice guys’ who don’t have stance but really want to make sure you think they do – to the worst kind of vitriol and nonsense you can imagine (and sadly worse than you can imagine if we’re gonna get really real over here).
WWE manager Lana’s mentions are generally not great to sort through because she is a beautiful woman on TV and the internet is full of weirdos, but boy oh boy did they come out in full force to respond to these:
Gee Lana, is your new gimmick a clumsy Brit, because you just spilled a lot of tea right there. But, of course, as very real as the staggering societal inequality and the wage gap are for women, so are the people who feel like this sentiment is nothing but straight up nonsense. Let’s take a look at some of the very worst responses that are much more telling about the WWE fanbase than you’d expect (lol jk we know it’s full of garbage people):
Ahhh, there it is. See, Divas should be given a chance, but not too much, right? Just enough to placate them, but not enough to make them real, fully functional humans with any kind of worth, yeah? How dare someone mistake a (thus far completely mishandled) attempt to spotlight people they pay to literally do the same job as their male counterpoints as a cry for some kind of empathy and equality?
Ohhhh, right, the famous myth of the gender-driven wage gap. Of course. Women are always treated equally and fairly in the workplace, without fear of intimidation or harassment, there are just as many women doing the same jobs as men, and everyone gets paid exactly the same, especially women of colour. My bad. And of course! Why didn’t I consider the high-paying lucrative field of sex work? There are definitely no documented cases of women being abused or treated unfairly in the porn industry. SEXISM FIXED.
“Realising that Lana is a real person with real feelings and opinions who does not solely exist for my benefit makes it really hard to jerk off.”