This Razor Ramon foam razor was produced in the mid-90′s and meant to be waved around at WWF live events like the classic “We’re #1!” Foam Finger. Seems harmless enough, right?
Well, let me explain the problem with that- and it’s a really big one…
In 1992 Scott Hall debuted for the WWF as “Razor Ramon”; a character who was strongly implied (though never explicitly stated) to be a wealthy Cuban imigrant drug dealer living in Miami, Florida.
In other words, he was a complete ripoff of Tony Montana from Scarface.
He was shown in pre-debut vignettes driving the finest cars, and eating at the best restaurants Miami had to offer while wearing expensive gold chains and fine clothes.
He had a gold razor that he carried around his neck on a gold chain- hence his character name of “Razor Ramon”.
Razors are often used in the cutting and distribution of a certain illegal drug which can bring in big money.
Can you think of any other reason why he’d have a razor around his neck and be called “Razor Ramon”? I don’t think it was because the guy just appreciated a quality shave in the morning.
How else would he (a poor, Cuban immigrant with no skills) have gotten the money to eat at such nice places and drive those fancy cars if not through something illicit like drug dealing?
Remember, this was the early-to-mid-90′s when the WWF was still very much a “safe” product aimed primarily at children, and certainly not at adults. This was long before the edgy “Attitude Era”.
Anyway, after Razor turned face a few years after his debut (and really; what better role model could there be for impressionable young children than a drug dealer?) the WWF produced this foam razor novelty toy for kids to buy at WWF live events which was a representation of a drug dealer’s cutting tool. A razor was also part of Razor’s official logo used on t-shirts and other merchandise.
So; what we wound up with were a bunch of 10 year olds waving around a big foam representation of drug paraphernalia!
Am I the only one who seems something really inappropriate about that? Do you think many parents of kids in the audiences picked up on the association between the character, the razor symbol, and drug dealing? I kind of doubt it.
Or maybe they just didn’t care?
Either way, I really can’t believe that someone bought this!
The image used above is courtesy of RadWrestling.com’s Foam Finger section (check out all the fantastic images of classic WWF/WCW Foam Fingers there along with lots of other cool classic wrestling merchandise!).