During an appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling podcast, Sasha Banks discussed what she feels is the difference between a fan and a stalker. Entitled brats everywhere responded exactly like you would imagine entitled brats would, but there were generally positive takes to be found amongst her contemporaries and those within the industry.
Shane Douglas, who used to be something of a deal in the pro wrestling industry, had a real bad take, however, and he gave it to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast:
"It's ridiculous. There is a real simple fix here and I mean an incredibly simple fix. If you don't like being and I'm using my fingers to make quotations marks ‘stalked’ by the fans, quit. Go be a waitress, go be a teacher, go be an attorney, go be a business owner and go do whatever it is you want to do out of the limelight if that has become such a heavy burden for you. When you come into this business you have to know up front that as you are coming in all you can hope for is to have any kind of a career. When you get blessed to have a really good career and be on the top of that industry than shut the fuck up and ride the ride. Take the bullshit with you because yes, there is a lot of bullshit to take with you, I agree,. but if you don't like that the fix is so simple and that is just quit and walk away. I don't see her lining up to do that.
"It appalls me because with the fans and let’s be clear — without the fans none of us are anything. We are nothing without the fans and if the fans don't tune in to want to see Sasha Banks or Shane Douglas or fill in the blank than pretty likely the promoter and in her case Vince McMahon can say that the fans don't give a shit about her and I should send her back down to the minor leagues or get rid of her. I'd also remind her that if she hasn't learned the history of the business she's in or the company that she is in that ‘Divas’ that are there are a dime a dozen and a flavor of the week. Unlike an Undertaker who had 25 victories in a row at WrestleMania which is an incredible feat even me talking as a worker and to name a women's wrestler that has come close to matching that doesn't happen. Sit back and enjoy the ride, Sasha. Be thankful that those fans give a shit to want to sit there and wait for you and ‘stalk’ you because they are the ones that are paying your salary and without them Vince McMahon wouldn't be handing you that check or without them Vince McMahon wouldn't even have you in that spot and without them you wouldn't be on the show that you are on that has caused you so much duress. If you don't like it, again the fix is so simple, just call Mr. McMahon up and say thank you for everything but I am quitting. Problem solved. Let's see if she takes that avenue."
The idea that Banks should simply be grateful her hard work has paid off and take literally anything that comes along with it is downright absurd to the point of dangerous. That she is a pro wrestler who is good at her job endears fans to her. That they become fans of her does not entitle them to a damn thing.
Not her time, not her space, not her words, not one damn thing.
Sasha Banks is, first and foremost, a human being. That she is famous with a fan base does not suddenly mean she is any less deserving of basic decency. There is an implied etiquette around every day interaction between you specifically and you more generally. Fame does not cancel that out.
He made it even worse with blatant sexism as a lame attempt at belittling her value to further justify his own warped thought process. He doesn’t just believe she should be grateful for having fans who want to stalk her, he finds her undeserving of it and thinks she should be even more grateful because of it!
His entire take is garbage. It’s bad, and wrong, and if you are a fan of literally anyone on Earth, you need to remember you are not entitled to a damn thing from that person simply because you are a fan. Do not let garbage takes like this make you believe otherwise.