Hulk Hogan was at ‘rock bottom’ when tape was made

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gossip website faces KO from Hulk Hogan.

Although the company has cut all ties with the Hall of Famer amid the controversy, many fans, family and friends have reached out to defend him and he is grateful for their kind words.

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 was scrubbed from the WWE.com’s list of “Superstars” and all merchandise relating to him has been removed from the site’s “Shop” section.

“He would be a great housemate, he’s Hulk Hogan!” The reason stems from rumors of a tape existing featuring Hogan allegedly going on a racial tirade. 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. Sources say they have seen transcripts of yet-to-be-released audio in which Hogan uses racist terms to describe Johnson – who appears as The Rock on WWE.

HH (sic)” One fan had written that they “highly doubt” that the wrestling star was racist, to which Hogan responded: “yo King thank you my brother,that’s not who I am,only love. 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. Hogan’s name does appear on the roster for WWE’s upcoming tour of Australia in August, but his biography page now reads: “You are not authorized to access this page”.

The sudden removal of Hogan content from WWE.com and the frenzied speculation on social media for the reasons why has prompted the bookies to slash his odds of winning the next CBB, which is rumoured to have a UK vs US theme. The radio interview occurred back in October 2012, and featured Hogan on DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show Whoolywood Shuffle, which aired on Eminem’s Sirius XM hip-hop channel Shade 45. 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. 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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