A.J. Needs Some Self-Respect
When A.J. began her relationship with Daniel Bryan, it was uncomfortable to watch. It really showcased how twisted an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship can be for a victim. While it made several people turn away in disgust, it highlighted a controversial topic for its viewers. Because the WWE prides itself on reaching out to women, this was an excellent time for them to make a social stand against domestic violence.
Instead, the WWE chose to turn A.J. into a mentally unstable floozy. While they should have made A.J. into a positive example for women who have or will survive domestic violence, they instead had her proposing to every man who would get near her, making out with half the roaster, and turning the "crazy eyes" on every time a man denied her attention. Why didn't they have her stand up for herself? Why couldn't her character leave Bryan and start a successful solo career so she could prove him wrong?Now, A.J. is with Dolph Ziggler, and they shove their tongues down each other's throats any where between one and five times a week. Just because he isn't hitting her, or degrading her publicly doesn't mean they have a healthy and stable relationship.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. According to the WWE's corporate website, only 34% of their viewers are female. Do they not think that these numbers are important?
The WWE should be ashamed of the way that they constructed the A.J./Daniel Bryan break-up and the way that they've allowed a good Diva to be presented to the public. A.J. should gain some self-respect, but the WWE should also have respected the situation to begin with.