Hulk Hogan and the WWE’s Racist Past

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5 things to know tonight: The latest in the gym mat death investigation.

Hogan first took to the ring in 1977, but now is longer listed as a WWE alumni or hall of famer, while Hulk Hogan merchandise has been withdrawn in the fall-out of the controversy.World Wrestling Entertainment Inc has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.The relationship between pro wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and the WWE was terminated Friday, amid unconfirmed reports of an alleged racist tirade made by the 61-year-old. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said in an exclusive statement to People magazine Friday, in which he referred to his departure from WWE as a resignation.

Gym mat death investigators seize phones, computers of FBI agent and sons: Federal agents on Tuesday seized computers and cell phones belonging to the agent, his wife and their two sons as part of an ongoing investigation into the 2013 death of a Valdosta teen. [Read more] 2. WWE did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide”. Initially, there were rumors that Hogan was let go over a radio interview he gave on DJ Whoo Kid’s Sirius XM show “Whoolywood Shuffle” back in 2012. Earlier in the day, the WWE terminated Hogan’s (real name Terry Bollea) contract, though his attorney David Houston tells Us Weekly that the 61-year-old star was not fired, but resigned. WWE fires Hulk Hogan over racist rant caught on tape: The organization also completely scrubbed any mention of him from the WWE website, including the Hall of Fame page.

In that incident, he used the n-word while relating a story about how a fellow wrestler, Booker T, who is African-American, accidentally used the slur to describe Hogan during a now infamous pre-fight interview: Hogan went on say that members of hip-hop community had used the n-word affectionately with him. “I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me then?’” the wrestler mused at the time. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.

This, after word was released that the National Enquirer has obtained a clip of Hogan going on a heavily racist rant, which they plan to make public very soon. [Read more] 3. Hogan, perhaps the biggest star in WWE’s five-decade history, was the main draw for the first WrestleMania in 1985 and was a fixture for years in its signature event, facing everyone from Andre The Giant and Randy Savage to The Rock and even company chairman Vince McMahon. But he was able to transcend his “Hulkamania” fan base to become a celebrity outside the wrestling world, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, including a reality show about his life on VH1, Hogan Knows Best. According to the Associated Press, Gawker posted part of a sex tape of Hogan with Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

Gawker, which removed the video from its website under a court order, said it had the right to publish the edited video because Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video’s release, which made the story newsworthy. Louisiana theater shooter John Houser had Georgia ties: Years before John Russel Houser stood up in a crowded theater, pulled out a handgun and killed two people, his wife became so worried about his “volatile mental state,” she asked for a temporary protective order against him in Carroll County. [Read more] As the cameras begin rolling on the third season of Foxtel’s runaway success The Real Housewives of Melbourne, PS hears some interesting names have been lining up to get on the show. How strange is that?” she said. “Grant tried to reconcile two weeks later, but I knew I never wanted to roll that dice again.” Meanwhile RHOM has become an international success for Foxtel and the show’s cast, which comprises the formidable Gina Liano and her trademark bullet-proof hair, poker-faced interior decorator Lydia Schiavello, property developer-turned-herbal tea providore Janet Roach, psychic Jackie Gillies, party planner Chyka Keebaugh, former Sydney socialite-turned-art consultant Gamble Breaux and hellraiser-turned – ahem – author of that weighty tome Switch the Bitch, Pettifleur Berenger. With growing popularity around the world, especially in the United States and Britain, the bedazzled ladies have become unlikely cultural exports for Australia.

It would appear David Jones’ latest celebrity fashion ambassador – rocker Daniel Johns – still has some way to go before earning his sartorial stripes, unless of course hobo-chic is the new black? But apparently Johns has always had a thing for “glamour”, or so he claimed last weekend in the Murdoch press which ran a puff piece on his David Jones collaboration. Johns apparently joked that: “I’m not going to bow down to the pressures of looking like a down-to-earth Aussie rock star – f–k that, I want to be international! “I just like glamour. I’ve always liked wearing fun, over-the-top things, and if we’re at home and someone says, “Who wants to play dress-ups?” it’s like, “Yeah, for sure. “A lot of my life in Newcastle can’t be spent in public because it’s a bit of a hassle, so we try to come up with indoor activities. There are only so many movies you can watch.” Well, it certainly looks as though his fashion blogging girlfriend Estelita Huijer, who also appears to have a penchant for walking Sydney’s wintry streets with no shoes on, has her work cut out for her.

One can only wonder what the elegant ladies propped up at the David Jones champagne bar down in the Food Hall – who have been the retailer’s backbone for generations – will make of David Jones’ new “rock-star” credentials. Among some of his stand out tweets about Trump have included: “When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?” Trump fired back, albeit somewhat feebly, making comments about Murdoch’s other New York publication, The Wall Street Journal, downsizing its pages as a cost saving measure. Murdoch’s New York tabloid The Post published a stinging editorial, echoing the proprietor’s views about Trump for President: “The question now is how long his political and media apologists on the right will keep pretending he’s a serious candidate.” But perhaps there is more to it. For more than a decade high-powered book publisher Julie Gibbs was the go-to-woman for luxurious, glossy and thoroughly absorbing cookbooks, from Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion to weighty tomes from food giants including Kylie Kwong, Guillaume Brahimi, George Calombaris, Karen Martini and Neil Perry.

But come December Gibbs will be out of a job following a decision by global publishing juggernaut Penguin to shut down its Lantern division, pioneered by Gibbs back in 2004. Gibbs’ friends say she is unlikely to remain still for long once her time with Penguin comes to an end, however she has not given any indication as to what her future plans might be. According to Penguin Random House Australia chief executive Gabrielle Coyne, demand for illustrated books is falling, however the controversy surrounding health blogger Belle Gibson, who published her now infamous cookbook, The Whole Pantry, through Gibbs, has also had an impact on the business.

Lantern specialised in lavishly-designed and beautifully-crafted illustrated books, with a focus on food, travel, gardening, lifestyle, interior design and art. Presumably James Packer has not been put off by his new squeeze Mariah Carey’s appalling reviews from Las Vegas, where this week she dedicated her 90s hit Hero to her new billionaire beau who was reportedly beaming in the audience. Sadly the reviewer from the New York Times wasn’t feeling quite the same love when the esteemed organ published its critique: “But the notes have not been there for Ms Carey of late: Some performances have been markedly off-base, the subject of intense scrutiny. Ms Carey is still durable, and sometimes excellent, but her once-transcendent voice is like decaying manufacturing machinery: It still churns, but the product might be polished or dinged.

You don’t know until it happens.” The world tuned in to capture a glimpse of farm life with Nicole Kidman when Anna Wintour dispatched her team from American Vogue to the bucolic pastures near Bowral to film inside the southern highlands property the actor paid $6.5 million for back in 2008. However, while Kidman espouses the virtues of the “simplicity” of living on the land, there are a few tell-tale signs that all is not quite as it would seem. Indeed, how many farmers across Australia go about their farming duties (which admittedly for Kidman comprise collecting a couple of eggs and waving at her herds of black Angus cattle and alpacas) wearing a floor-length, spotless, white Michael Kors nightie?

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