During a recent episode of his weekly ‘Grilling JR’ podcast, WWF Legend Jim Ross criticized announcers who use pronouns instead of names all the time.
Here’s what Good Old J.R. had to say:
“I got hooked on these f***ing pronouns in the last couple of weeks in all kinds of sports about people.
Announcers, big-time announcers who make a good living relying on pronouns. It takes away from your work. Don’t use pronouns if you’re a broadcaster.
Use names, use cliches. He’s the champ, he’s the tough guy, he’s this. But there are all kinds of ways to describe somebody instead of saying ‘He. He did this’.
All right, what’s he doing? ‘He’s going to hit him’. Okay, who’s he and who’s him?
Couldn’t he have said that ‘Tully Blanchard, one-half of the tag champions is attacking so and so’? That’s more tangible.
I’m gonna come out of the kitchen and quit making my sandwich if I hear names. If I hear pronouns, you don’t move the needle.
It’s just lazy, it’s freaking lazy. If any announcers are listening, don’t use pronouns as you can keep from it.
Sometimes you can’t help it, I get it. But if you can, avoid them and you’ll have a better broadcast.”
Jim Ross was a color commentator for the World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) from 1993 until 2013 and is working for Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling since 2019.
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