Hulk Hogan Steps Out for the First Time After Apologizing for Racist Rant

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Muscled up, mustachioed and prawn-red, the wrestling hero “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan is now at the centre of two controversies that in combination deliver a near-perfect, four-way smackdown of American obsessions with race, sex, money and violence.It prides itself as being a black sheep of the internet, a site committed to publishing anything that is true, without fear or favour — or a basic sense of propriety.Wrestler Hulk Hogan poses for a photo as a fan also poses as he walks in the Los Angeles Convention Center while on site to promote Majesco Entertainment’s ”Hulk Hogan’s Main Event” video game on Kinect for Xbox 360 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 in Los Angeles. On Friday, Hogan – ring name for Terry Gene Bollea – was abruptly fired from World Wrestling Entertainment after tapes recorded in 2007 revealed him ranting about his daughter sleeping with a black man and liberally using the “N” word to embellish his point of view.

However, a scandal over how it outed a gay media boss and a $100 million legal claim over a sex video featuring the celebrity wrestler Hulk Hogan could spell the end for Gawker.com. July 24, 2015 (REUTERS / Danny Moloshok) An audio recording of Hulk Hogan using racist slurs eight years ago emerged recently, and WWE ended its contract with the iconic wrestler shortly after. Nick Denton, the Oxford-educated British founder of the site, sent his staff a memo this week in which he savaged the business he has spent the past 12 years building. It’s always a pleasure working with him, and whenever we get together for work purposes we always work well together — having both served in the Marine Corps, we seem to jell very well. Not only does WWE lose one of its greatest ambassadors for the company, but they now have to fill a major hole in their on-going wrestling reality show; Tough Enough.

Friday was no different, and as we trekked the course watching Orischak, we ended up having a conversation on the topics of liberty, freedom and free speech. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language,” Hogan told People in an exclusive interview. “There is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.” Hogan said the recorded slur does not reflect his true self. I’m not completely sure of all the details regarding Hogan and his comments, but WWE — again, not a sport — is well within its rights to terminate his contract and part ways.

While Love Sponge did not seem to be fazed by this arrangement – he can be heard saying that Hulk and wife Heather can “do their thing” and he will be in his office – it was uncomfortable for Hogan. Every phone is now a voice and video recorder, and short but damaging clips can easily make their way to social media, YouTube and potential colleges and employers. Hogan sued Love Sponge for invading his privacy, settled, and then sued Gawker – which has long hinted there was something more to the tape than sex – for posting part of it online. During the past few weeks, his performance improved by bringing in an old-school mentality by calling out contestants for actions that would not fly in the past. Legal analysts say the audio tape could bolster Gawker’s “public interest” defence that it had a right to publish the clip to prove its existence, and because Hogan’s behaviour is newsworthy.

While Gawker has denied it was behind the leak of Hogan’s racist rant, and Hogan’s lawyer has vowed to “bury” Gawker if it that is found to be the case, Gawker Media proprietor Nick Denton, a former Financial Times journalist, is clearly hoping to deflect attention from the company’s current problem. Denton issued a lengthy mea culpa, disowning this practice of outing, which has previously been directed at CNN news host Anderson Cooper and NFL star Michael Sam. Friends say that as a member of New York’s so-called “gay mafia”, Denton had long believed that gay men in positions of power have an obligation to be public about their sexuality. After two senior editors resigned following removal of the “outing” story, Denton told employees that this or similar controversies can cost the company up to $20m in annual revenue. Media observers point out that internet sites, especially those trading in celebrity and gossip, are faced with a dilemma: to win ad revenue from traditional media and achieve growth, they will have to spend to install editorial-standards safeguards to protect skittish advertisers from being drawn into controversies.

William loves to hand out free information about what it takes to become a successful wrestler, and it’s clear that he has an eye for what it takes in today’s environment. Debuting in 1997, Albert’s early career saw him try a number of gimmicks including a pierced, possible fetishist in Prince Albert, before teaming up with Test as muscle for Trish Stratus’ (T&A), eventually going off on his own as the monstrous A-Train. In 2012, he returned to WWE as Lord Tensai, initially receiving a strong push that included wins over John Cena and CM Punk before again his gimmick got messed with and he fell down the card.

He makes a few random appearances on Tough Enough, so it’s tough to gauge how much time he spends with the contestants, but he’s for sure around enough to see who’s excelling at WWE’s Performance Center. He’s won over 15 titles in his illustrious career, and has possibly the most widely known “spot” in pro wrestling; being thrown off the Hell in a Cell cage. He’s worked for nearly every big wrestling promotion including ECW, WWE, TNA, WCW, ROH, Smokey Mountain Wrestling, and multiple promotions in Japan. Though after this past week’s elimination of Patrick, he did vow to stop watching the show, something he would obviously have to overcome if he was to work as a panelist.

If he inherited the same “eye” as his father — Dusty Rhodes — he will see which competitors stand out and what’s necessary to make them successful. Plus, earlier in the year there sounded like a hint of tension between the two sides when WWE looked to take down his T-shirt store due to copyright issues with the use of “316” and “Stone Cold”.

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