Quote of the day: Hulk Hogan

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gossip website faces KO from Hulk Hogan.

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.Wrestlezone.com says that rumors are circulating through the wrestling community that WWE’s disassociation with Hogan is due to a racial audio rant on a radio show that could be released soon.As well as his profile in the alumni section, all his merchandise has-been pulled from the online store – certainly making it look like his time with the company has come to an end.

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. There are reports that Hogan has parted ways or been forced out of the WWE following reports of the existence of a leaked tape featuring the wrestler going on a racist tirade.

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. 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”. World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame was amended to remove Hogan and he has been left off a list of judges for the current Tough Enough competition series.

And, considering that the 2012 interview was broadcast over satellite radio and was not any kind of private recording, this would seem to be the case. “American journalist Marc Lamont Hill tweeted: “…the transcripts that I’ve seen have Hogan calling The Rock the “N-word” and “sambo” among others”. 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. We’ll bring you more on this as we get it, but in the meantime, as to who else will be going into the CBB house to represent America, and so far, it’s rumoured that model Janice Dickinson will be going in alongside porn stars Jenna Jameson, Farrah Abraham and Tila Tequila. 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.

The only thing now remaining that mentions Hogan involves WWE’s upcoming Australian tour, which Hogan was scheduled to take part in as General Manager. WWE had similarly deleted all references to performer Chris Benoit in 2007 after he killed his wife and son before committing suicide in their Atlanta home. Users have also noticed that Hogan is missing from the WWEToughEnough.com cast page, as well as on WWEShop.com, where none of his merchandise can be found.

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. 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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