The WWE is working to ban a virtual crowd member after they showed a Ku Klux Klan video in its new Thunderdome arena during RAW.
WWE introduced its futuristic new arena this week, which showcased thousands of virtual fans that streamed in live from their homes.
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But fans called out the WWE when a man in a KKK white hood was spotted in the background of a match.
Fans jumped on social media to slam the offensive video, labelling it ‘sickening’.
WOW! This is sickening. I understand that WWE can’t fully control the fans, but this is unacceptable.— Dex 🧩 (@IndustryFriends) August 25, 2020
What dummy thought it was okay to be seen dressing up like this on television? 🤦🏻♂️— ᗯᗯƐ Ƥαყɓα૮ҡ ᗯεεҡ ᗰเҡε🌙 (@8BallZen) August 25, 2020
Why a KKK bullcrap? Why not dress up as a WWE superstar, a cartoon character or an anime character? Plenty of options to choose from but he chose THIS? Unfreakenbelievable! 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/ee8RdVjt0Y pic.twitter.com/QfVlJIwqtm
WWE moves to ban crowd member
The WWE released a statement slamming the ‘abhorrent’ incident and were working to ban the virtual crowd member.
"This abhorrent behaviour 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."
Fans must register online to become part of the virtual crowd.
The terms and conditions of streaming for the crowd include no smoking of any kind; political statements; anything "offensive, discriminatory or distasteful"; and violence.
Breaching the terms could lead to "removal and additional penalties."