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Hulk Hogan’s WWE contract terminated over use of ‘N-word’

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Hulk Hogan’s N-Word Tirade and the WWE’s Racist Past.

WASHINGTON — World Wrestling Entertainment has terminated its contract with legendary wrestler Terry Bollea, AKA Hulk Hogan, although the reason behind the decision is mysterious.

“Keep it up, my n—-!” McMahon says as he walks away past a fuming Booker T. “Tell me he didn’t just say that,” Booker T seethes for the camera. “Surely everyone would recognize the 2005 segment was an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies,” a WWE “I am shocked by the statements made by Hulk Hogan.The WWE acted swiftly as soon as they heard that an ugly racism scandal was about to break courtesy of Hulk Hogan, their most famous ring icon of the ’80s and ‘90s—and perhaps ever. Around 8pm Thursday, according to his attorney David Houston, Hogan learned that The National Enquirer was going to expose his use of several racial slurs captured in one of his 2012 sex tapes with Heather Clem.

WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the company said in an official statement sent to on Friday.” A report has surfaced from National Enquirer and Radar Online claiming “sordid pillow talk caught on an unauthorized sex tape includes a revolting conversation in which the pro wrestling icon unleashed a filthy bigoted attack, littered with the N-word and other disgusting racial insults..” According to National Enquirer, on the tape, Hogan uses the N-word several times while discussing his daughter, Brooke Hogan, and who she may or may not be dating. The footage is believed to be the same over which Gawker Media is currently entangled in litigation with Hogan; leaked by Gawker in 2012, but reportedly filmed in 2008.

Fucking nigger.” The image-conscious WWE stayed in Hogan’s corner when the sex tape first surfaced in 2012, followed by a lengthy and still-ongoing $100 million personal injury suit he filed against Gawker for publishing footage from the tape online. They again stuck with the wrestling icon through an October 2012 radio interview in which Hogan dropped the N-word while complaining that African-American rappers are allowed to use it to describe him, but not vice versa. His lawyer has clarified Hogan resigned from WWE, and was not fired, though the language in WWE’s above statement indicates otherwise. “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” Hogan’s statement reads. “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 a statement exclusively to PEOPLE. Historically, non-white stars have run the gamut of stereotypes heightened to offensive effect, from Ugandan warrior Saba Simba to Kamala the wild savage to the post-9/11 Arab-American character Muhammad Hassan.

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,” Hogan told PEOPLE. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.” When Hogan called the WWE on Thursday offering to resign, “WWE accepted his resignation from all contractual obligations and proceeded accordingly,” Houston told The Daily Beast. Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has been grappling with criticisms over its treatment of minority characters for decades, plagued by the biggest and most conspicuous critique of them all: Namely, that in six decades the WWE has only dared to declare one black WWE World Champion—The Rock, who is half-Samoan and half-black. That’s hardly surprising given that until recently WWE barely employed a minority wrestler that hasn’t relied on some kind of exaggerated cultural caricature. Playing into the mantra, “Yo yo yo, pop a 40 and check your rollies—it’s Cryme Tyme,” duo Shad and JTG threatened to “bring the hood” to the WWE while wearing bandanas, counting money, and beating up random white guys and cops.

Vince’s cringe-worthy dropping of the N-word was written into the show a decade ago as a humorous bit for his clueless onscreen persona, during a time when current WWE megastar John Cena was best known for spewing ebonics and rapping. The same year, African-American wrestler Bobby Lashley left the WWE after a dustup with the same writer for reportedly making racial slurs at his expense. The exec was later reportedly revealed to be Executive VP Paul Levesque, better known as WWE Superstar Triple H. “The person calling me was one of the most important people in the company, and I said, ‘We always hear these racist jokes from you, and because you’re one of the most important people in this company, your other employees hear you making these stupid comments, and they think they can do it,’” Del Rio said.

Blame the ugly tradition on an operatic writing style built on highly simplistic theatrics that leave no room for nuance, set in a heightened world where melodrama rules and white men still outnumber everyone else both in the ring and in the stands. “Wrestling is designed to push buttons in you,” says a former WWE writer. “The basic business model of wrestling is to sell emotion. So they push those buttons, whatever the easiest button is and whichever’s the quickest button is, because like with any business anywhere if you evoke emotion, you evoke money.” In rare cases, talent and charisma transcend race and superficial gimmickry, as with the aforementioned Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the half-black, half-Samoan 10-time world champion. As Johnson transitioned from pro wrestling’s darling into global movie star in the “post-racial” Fast & Furious sequels, the WWE also made concerted efforts to open its business model to all audiences and demographics. Gone were the abrasive days of the Attitude Era; the WWE had initiated a game plan to make wrestling more inclusive, more family-friendly, more responsible, and alienating audiences with offensive stereotypes and even playfully bigoted language was a bad PR move. They partnered with GLAAD on a number of goodwill initiatives, including the Be A STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) program, founded two months after the Rock-Cena incident.

Intended “to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation,” the program is geared toward making WWE safer viewing for young fans—the consumers of the future. According to numbers issued by the WWE, the company’s fan base skews 55 percent Caucasian and 23 percent African-American—a greater percentage than the 13 percent of African-Americans who comprise the U.S. population, a WWE rep points out. It’s unfortunate, but that’s something that he’s going to have to deal with.” Earlier this year, African-American WWE-er JTG spoke to the real issue at heart, expressing doubt that fans will see a black champion soon because the cards are stacked and in no danger of changing. “I don’t see that happening in the near future, no,” he said. “You know to be real and to be very candid and keep it honest, African-American wrestlers, black wrestlers… They have to work twice as hard as white competitors… I do believe that there is a system in place in the WWE that a black wrestler can only go so far.”

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