The Auschwitz Memorial Museum expressed displeasure over a promotional video aired during WWE's WrestleMania Goes Hollywood event. The video in question was part of the ongoing storyline between WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik Mysterio, culminating in a match at WrestleMania 39 held at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles this past weekend.
The storyline saw Dominik Mysterio arrested, leading to a series of promos where he boasted about his resilience after surviving prison "for a few hours." This narrative development aimed to bolster Dominik's character as "Prison Dom." Before the anticipated Mysterios' clash, a video package featuring Dominik in a prison setting was broadcast during the pre-show.
The footage showed guards escorting him out of the facility and placing him in a car, symbolizing his release from prison and readiness to face his father at WrestleMania. However, the video package sparked controversy, inadvertently including an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The error was brought to light by WWE fans on social media, prompting the organization to remove the image from the video during the WrestleMania broadcast. Despite the correction, many people had already seen the offensive material.
Museum Condemns WWE's Insensitivity
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum criticized WWE's image use, stating that it is difficult to regard the incident as "an editing mistake." The museum emphasized that exploiting a site that symbolizes an immense human tragedy is shameless and disrespectful to the memory of the countless victims of Auschwitz.
WWE still needs to issue a public statement addressing the matter. However, the swift removal of the Auschwitz image from the WrestleMania broadcast indicates that the organization acknowledged the error and took action to rectify it.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of sensitivity and vigilance when producing and broadcasting content to avoid causing unnecessary offense, especially to the memory of historical tragedies.
The fact that Auschwitz image was used to promote a WWE match is hard to call "an editing mistake". Exploiting the site that became a symbol of enormous human tragedy is shameless and insults the memory of all victims of Auschwitz.https://t.co/b4bbYgWPwj https://t.co/Xud4rbhEUS pic.twitter.com/tuJrzmK6mQ — Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) April 5, 2023
WWE will likely face increased scrutiny over its content production after this controversy, as fans and critics demand accountability and better judgment from the entertainment giant.