The Ugandan Giant, Kamala, Responds to Former Foe Hulk Hogan’s Racist Remarks

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.Patrick Clark, who was eliminated on the most recent episode of WWE Tough Enough to a ton of backlash from a very vocal online fanbase, will be the guest on tonight’s brand new edition of the Heated Conversations podcast with WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Lita.

A WWE source told the Wrestling Observer that current WWE Superstar Curtis Axel – whose gimmick is to impersonate Hogan – that his gimmick will be dropped immediately. (Even the BBC has taken notice.) According to Dave Meltzer, the WWE website was asked to remove all mentions of Hulk Hogan last night.The WWE terminated megastar wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) on Friday and, minutes afterward, a tabloid claimed that the star made a racist tirade, which had been caught on tape. 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. 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. WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” Only minutes later, the National Enquirer and Radar Online, published an story online that Hogan had made racist statements during pillow talk with Heather Clem.

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.

Another clip of an interview by Hogan has re-circulated online fueling rumours on social media that Hogan has been sacked by WWE for his use of racist language. The racist comments came from an unauthorized sex tape of Hogan and Heather Clem, who, at the time, was married to Hogan’s best friend — radio host Bubba the Love Sponge. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Gawker, they point out, has not been able to grow to the billion-hit size of Buzzfeed, may not be large enough to sustain such additional costs and probably could not afford a $100 million payout to Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

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