Former U.S. Presidential candidate and big wrestling fan Andrew Yang addressed Vince McMahon on Twitter and took note of the issue about the latest power play by the company that will stop its talent from engaging with third party services, promising that if the Democrats are in power, they will tackle this issue.
“If I’m not the Secretary of Labor I’m pretty confident I’ll have his or her number to talk about the ridiculous classification of WWE wrestlers as independent contractors while controlling their name and likeness for years, even for something as benign as Cameo,” Yang wrote on Twitter as a warning to Vince McMahon.
“Come on Vince – you’ve already deprived the folks breaking their backs for you of healthcare, security, recovery time, retirement benefits and fair treatment re: licenses and royalties. At least let them make a living off their own names. Many of them need it,” he continued.
Yang said that he grew up a wrestling fan and it was sad to see so many of his childhood heroes pass away early. “I’d feel better knowing that they and their families were being fairly treated – I look forward to doing what I can for the next generation of performers. I know how tough it is,” Yang wrote.
But before ending his thread, Yang fired a final warning to the WWE Chairman and CEO.
“Vince you’d better hope your old friend Donald wins because change is in the air and changes are long overdue where your corrupt labor practices are concerned. It would give me great pleasure. The people know,” he said.