Open letter from a Saudi regarding the Greatest Rumble Submitted by Aaron Rift on 04/25/2018 at 10:16 AM
Reddit user LightEndymion issued the following statement regarding the Greatest Royal Rumble PPV:
First of all, I want you all to know that Iím not writing this post to be hostile at all. I just want to clarify some things for everyone and clear the air a little bit, since itís been very negative lately in this sub.
First of all, I know some of you think that GRR is propaganda, and it is only being held in my country, Saudi Arabia, because the Saudi Royal Family wants to sell a view of modernization of Saudi Arabia. And I understand where you are coming from.
However, the country IS changing. The culture is changing A LOT in the last two years, and itís all because of our young prince that wants to give the wheel to the younger generation to shape our society the way they want, which I believe we needed since forever. Believe it or not, two years ago we had no form of public entertainment AT ALL. We had no concerts, no movie theaters, no comic con, no entertainment events of any kind, and no wrestling shows that are advertised publicly because of our countryís reputation. But now, WE HAVE ALL OF THOSE! And many of those events donít even segregate between men and women! I personally didnít even think for a second this day will come while Iím alive..
Saudi Arabia consists of more than 30 million people, 70% of those people are under the age of 30. And you know what? I guarantee you, most of those young Saudis are more or less openminded and want to be normal compared to the old generation that planted this conservative cancer into our society. But believe me, we are taking the wheel and the country is changing.
Regarding womenís rights, you might not know but Saudi Arabia is pushing for womenís rights these last two years and has been supporting the role of women publicly. Women will drive for the first time this June, and a while ago the King issued a decree where he established a law against sexual harassment for the first time in Saudi history! For the LGBT community however, theyíre not very lucky, I personally support them and many people in Saudi, especially the young ones support them as well but we canít talk about it in public out of fear, because you know, there is no freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia and we can be jailed for words spoken.
What I am trying to say is, think about this GRR event as a step towards the right direction for my country. Weíve been waiting for so long to be normal, to be like you guys and to enjoy life like you do. We always wanted entertainment, and finally we got it, and we feel so lucky, itís like a dream coming true.
And I assure you. Women WILL wrestle in Saudi Arabia one day. But we have to be patient. SA is changing but it takes time. And even if WWE decided to not hold this show in SA, it wonít help. At least holding it (with all the flaws present) gives us hope, and takes us in the right direction.
Sorry for the long post, I just had to take all of this off my chest and to let you guys know that even if our laws and government is flawed in your eyes, WE, THE PEOPLE, are much, much more openminded and moderate. Most of us are.