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September 16, 2014

Connecticut: WWE Scrubs YouTube of ‘Edgier’ Wrestling Footage

Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon’s former professional wrestling company, WWE, is seeking to remove what it considers “dated and edgier” footage from YouTube, according to an Associated Press report.

“To better reflect our current family-friendly brand of entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms,” the company said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. “Some of this footage has been misused in political environments without any context or explanation as to when it was produced. This damages the corporate reputation of our company. WWE is well within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use.”

A McMahon spokesman told Roll Call that the campaign and WWE are not working in coordination on the matter.

Democrats pounced on the news as an opportunity to bring up the topic of the archived footage. Much of the WWE footage is considered highly objectionable, and it was central to the Democrats’ message combating to McMahon’s heavy television spending in the 2010 Senate race, which she lost.

Earlier today, Democrats circulated a video from the state party titled “PG TV?” which included footage of simulated necrophilia identified as WWE video.

That video was deleted in late afternoon. A current posting of the original link says “Vimeo has removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. claiming that this material is infringing.”

Since the 2010 campaign, McMahon has spent heavily in television advertising and on grass roots to cultivate a more female-friendly image. The Democratic campaign of nominee Rep. Christopher Murphy went right at that point in its statement today on the matter.

“Spending millions of dollars on a political image make-over isn’t going to fool Connecticut families, and Linda McMahon can’t hide from her miserable record of promoting the abusive, demeaning, and degrading treatment of women,” Murphy spokesman Ben Marter wrote in a statement.

McMahon and Murphy are battling in an open-seat race to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I). Roll Call rates this race as Leans Democratic.

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