Smashing Pumpkins star currently works with TNA Wrestling
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has spoken out about the problem of misogyny apparently evident in professional wrestling.
Corgan was recently appointed an executive of TNA Wrestling, having previously run his own amateur wrestling organisation.
Speaking to TMZ recently, Corgan used the example of UFC marital artist Ronda Rousey to show how wrestling is “behind the curve” in its sexist portrayal of female athletes.
“The rise of Ronda Rousey shows that wrestling is behind the curve in marketing women in a different way,” Corgan said.
“There’s a whole new way of portraying women in wrestling in the future, to get away from the typical misogynist stuff, something tougher and cool. [Rousey] embodies something that is smart, sexy and tough.”
Corgan took a job with Nashville-based TNA Wrestling in April 2015, with the title Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development. He’s been playing a role in producing storylines and developing characters for the Impact Wresting series, which airs weekly. According to tweets by the Pumpkins frontman, his role is full time.
Corgan released a statement at the time of his signing up with the organisation, saying: “What’s great is the entire TNA organisation stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to Impact Wrestling, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.”
Meanwhile, Corgan recently revealed that he is working on a memoir, expected to be titled God Is Everywhere, From Here to There.