Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mentally ill mocked at Halifax Wrestlemania event

A live wrestling demonstration making fun of people with mental health issues upset some moviegoers at a Halifax event Sunday.

Krista Lettues of Hammonds Plains had come out of a movie at Empire Theatre in Bayers Lake just after 6 p.m. when she happened upon a performance meant to excite fans for the cinema's live screening of Wrestlemania.

"The wrestler from New Brunswick said, 'This all you have, Nova Scotia? A retard from the N.S. Hospital?'" Lettues told CBC News.

"He came out and he was wearing this blue institutional uniform, kind of like pajamas. He was all hunched over and his hair was messed up and wild and he looked very unhealthy."

It was a wrestler who uses the stage name Randy Relapse.

"He was also carrying a teddy bear and he goes into the ring and I thought, 'Gee, this is not good, this sends a really horrible message about people who have mental illness," Lettues said. (read more)