This past Monday, WWE found themselves in an unfortunate situation when one of the fans in the virtual audience somehow got footage of what appears to be the Ku-Klux-Klan and a possible execution / beheading.
The Video: (NSFW)
Upon review, it appears to be some sort of KKK documentary before the footage of what looks like the beginning of an execution is shown.
While brief, they were spotted by keen-eyed Twitter users such as this one, which expressed disappointment with the fan’s actions.
Thankfully the WWE camera work switching every 2 seconds and it didn't stream over live or it would have streamed a execution. Some people are just plain pathetic. #smh #WWEThunderDome #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/qHaZoWfSy0
— WatchWrestlingBot (@WrasslinBot) August 25, 2020
“This abhorrent behavior does not reflect WWE’s values and we have zero tolerance for these unacceptable acts,” WWE said in a statement Tuesday. “We are working to ban those involved from future events and per our policies, any inappropriate actions result in the removal from the live stream.” (per ESPN)
WWE is definitely not to blame here, as there have been fears of fans hijacking shows since Thunderdome’s announcement but it should not be indicative of the other well-behaved viewers on screen. Especially when other broadcasts like the NBA’s virtual crowd have gone without a hitch.
Having said that, hopefully WWE can do a better job at moderating the streams.