Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, is upset about the use of his franchise's content against his wife, former CEO Linda McMahon, in her campaign for the Republican nomination for Senate in Connecticut.
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In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Vince McMahon said that critics have not mentioned the "soap opera elements" in the storylines that have led up to any objectionable moments. "Most of the people have not even seen our show. They don't even know what this business is about," said Vince McMahon. "They haven't been to a live event. They really haven't watched on television at all. All they've seen is like one little snippet and try to make up their minds as to whether or not it's acceptable programming."
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Vince and Linda McMahon have both appeared on the show, playing fictionalized versions of themselvesÂ as the evil multi-millionaire bosses of the company, and even participated in the dramatized violence. For example, Vince was depicted forcing a female wrestler onto her knees and making her bark like a dog, while Linda has kicked a man in the groin -- the latter episode has even made its way into an ad byÂ one of McMahon's GOP rivals, financial commentator Peter Schiff.