If you watch the UFC, you know that the US Marine Corp sponsors the company. However a petition has been sent to the Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos to drop sponsorship of UFC fights, which they claim promote violence and bigotry. I’m not sure about the bigotry, but I think we can admit that there is violence in the UFC, but you think that would be a selling point to organization like the Marines. Interestingly enough, the petition isn’t coming from some sort of family based moral watch dog organization, or even a military oriented organization, its being pressed by UNITE HERE which is a labor union that represents hotel, food service, and casino workers.
The head of the Union, said “I don’t follow the UFC and I don’t know the cast of characters, but when I see the Marine Corps using them as recruitment vehicle and they’re using these made-up characters to say things that I find personally disgusting, I’ve got to take action, the Marine Corps should not be associated with that.” Which really shows that he doesn’t know anything about the UFC or MMA in general and seems to be confusing it with Pro Wrestling. Sir, they don’t have a cast of made up characters…unless you are counting Chael Sonnon, but still no one asked him to act like that. It could also be because Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta who own the UFC also run a string of non union Casinos. In fact the Union admits that is really the main point. The line of logic is fantastic, “You aren’t union, but you should be. Therefore the Marines shouldn’t support you. Brilliant.
Now, in their defense, they point out that fighters often say really awful and stupid things either in interviews or through places like Twitter. And they are right, but have they looked at alot of Twitter posts? Its not exactly the source of balance and reason for our generation.
They also claim “We believe the homophobic and sexist statements of people associated with the UFC are deeply at odds with the values of the Marine Corps and conflict with the Defense Department’s stated commitment to tolerance and respect for diversity,” I think they are thinking about this incident.
But in the UFC’s defense, that was PRIDE, which was at the time a Japanese Company.
Thankfully, there has been no indication that the Marine Corp is planning to cut their UFC ads.