WWE Cuts Ties With Hulk Hogan Amid Report That He Used Slurs

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hogan’s racist remarks aren’t a shock: Wrestling is “a sport with both overt racism and bizarre racial ideas and practices”.

When professional wrestler Hulk Hogan unleashed a racist tirade, he didn’t just damage his own reputation. World Wrestling Entertainment has fired Hulk Hogan and removed all traces of him from its website because of racial slurs he made during a conversation he had with someone about Hogan’s daughter, Brooke. A longtime fan of pro wrestling and, more recently, the playwright behind the Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” Diaz spoke to Salon about the big larger context. His play, about professional wrestlers in a fictional league, deals largely with themes of racial politics and ethnicity inside the professional wrestling world.

It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. “This is not who I am. You’ve followed televised wrestling for a long time — when the news of Hulk Hogan’s racist rant, and his departure from WWE, broke, were you surprised? 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. The first thing that I heard was that he had been released from his contract with the WWE; he had been doing some work for them lately… That’s shocking.

I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.” Another interview also surfaced Thursday of Hogan making racial slurs. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me, then?’ ” Though the interview is three years old, it resurfaced online late Thursday and quickly went viral. Or Latino wrestlers playing gardeners… It was based on a fear of the Other… They do what they can to get the audience behind the “all-American” good guy. The WWE is the brainchild of one man, Vince McMahon, who does not have a great track record on race: He created these stereotypes, and has been accused of things behind the scenes… This is different. I grew up watching professional wrestling; I had a friend in my apartment complex who had an older brother… We started right around the time of the first Wreslemania… Muhammed Ali was there, Liberace was there, the spectacle of it… That’s what I did for most of my childhood, was watch professional wrestling.

I don’t know if in the ’80s a wrestler going out and using the n-word would have caused the backlash it does now, now that they are a multi-billion dollar, international conglomerate.

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