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

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brooke Hogan Has Written A Poem In Defense Of Her Father.

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.Hogan made headlines earlier this week when the WWE severed ties with the wrestler for allegedly using “racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.” (via CBS News) A representative from publisher 2K wrote in a statement to GameSpot, “We are highly respectful of the way that our partners choose to run their business and manage our partnerships accordingly.

Brooke Hogan was so affected by her father’s recent firing from the WWE that she took to her writing chamber to pen a response in the form of a poem, the most crystalline vehicle for truth.When searching for Hogan’s profile online and attempting to access it that way, an error message appears which reads: “You are not authorised to access this page”. “Well, Booker T used to do that to me, and every time I pull up YouTube there’s that famous thing with Booker T and his brother is there and they’re all talking trash, and Booker T says, “I’m coming for ya Hogan, you nigger”-and not ‘nigga, ‘ he goes ‘nigger, ‘” Hogan told DJ Whoo Kid”. 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. The poem entitled If You Knew My Father, which was posted on her official Facebook page, is a study in form— or rather, formlessness, taking pleasure in an arbitrary number of couplets interspersed with similarly arbitrarily-placed singlets. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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