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One of my favorite scenes in "The Wrestler" is when Mickey Rourke is doing an autograph signing, at an event with other ex-wrestlers (fun fact: the writer/director of the movie plays a guy that asks for his autograph after one of his matches at a high school gym).

Well, in real life an an autograph signing, a wrestler flipped off a 7-year-old boy. Here's a link to the story on TMZ:

https://www.tmz.com/2020/03/04/aew-mjf-kid-middle-finger-event-cody...

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Comment by BC on March 4, 2020 at 3:26pm
I saw the story earlier. The wrestler's thing is being mean to kids. It's weird, but I guess they should know it's coming.


The other autograph story I recently saw on TMZ was about Billie Eilish flipping out on twitter after getting booed for not signing after she did the Fallon show. She said the people there weren't interested in her as a person and would just sell it. 17 and so full of herself already.
Comment by Josh Board on March 4, 2020 at 9:57pm

Well...do you think she was wrong about that? But, if she felt they would sell it, she could personalize, sign "one per person" etc. She's just too young to know that yet.

Comment by BC on March 4, 2020 at 10:43pm
Of course they're not interested in her as a person. They're interested in her as a musician. I'm sure she had a lot of her fans there and some resellers. It always made me mad when they automatically call everyone a reseller. It seems to be the go to for people with big heads, even D list stars. A golf caddie for a big time player walked up to Peyton Manning in 2016 who was signing for resellers and said, "Why do you sign for those people?" His response, "Why do you care, you've made your money." He went on to sign about 600 autographs that day. That changed my mind about him.
Comment by Josh Board on March 4, 2020 at 10:53pm

That's a great attitude for Manning to have. He's a better person than I. My parents always said the same thing. They wondered why millionaire actors/athletes, care about somebody making $50 off a signed 8x10.

Comment by Patrick1977 on March 5, 2020 at 5:50am

playing a character is one thing but doing this to a kid is just stupid and mean. This guy must truly hate his life. About Billie it is her decision and if you see how this business is working especially with stars like her I do understand also I think she is hyped a lot and won't stay long on the very top of the game.

Comment by Josh Board on March 5, 2020 at 8:47am

I hate to admit, I dig Billie's stuff.

Regarding wrestlers, if you're the heel (bad guy), you still have to be smart enough to realize that kids under 10 won't understand the whole dynamic of being the bad guy for TV, etc.

Comment by Rich on March 6, 2020 at 11:32am

I think there are differing view of the wrestling business and kayfabe overall today. That being said, kayfabe more or less went completely kaput in the 90s, so that type of heel behavior out of the ring and off-screen is somewhat less forgivable. I guess MJF is one of those pros who goes all-in on the part, which probably takes some guts.

Comment by Rich on March 6, 2020 at 11:41am

Regarding Billie, I'm not a huge fan (she is very good live though and one of the more unique artists in recent years), but there's a combination of things there - her age, her incredibly rapid ascent into superstardom, the worst of the worst autograph hunters and paparazzi and a wildly overzealous fanbase that can probably pretty fairly be described as toxic. The boos were from LA racker trash brandishing their usual dickish behavior. Her response was more than fair.

Comment by Jason Strecker on March 8, 2020 at 9:40am

MJF (which I think always viewed as a clear theft of the more famous Michael J. Fox's initials) better watch himself. Yes, wrestlers should keep some amount of kayfabe and protect their business but with social media now someone will get the wrong idea. And if he's not careful he may just piss off the wrong person, lose his position and wind up being one of those wrestlers at the small time shows where he will have to rely on the "gimmick table" money as most promoters aren't always able to pay the wrestler up front.

Comment by Robert Babb on March 8, 2020 at 3:00pm

I think steve Austin would show more class than that!

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