WWE Cuts Ties With Star Wrestler Hulk Hogan, Who Apologizes for ‘Offensive …

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”.

Vince McMahon’s wrestling behemoth severed ties with Hulk Hogan on Friday morning, hours after the superstar was noticeably scrubbed from its website. The move was apparently in response to a damning tape — still unreleased — featuring Hogan in “a filthy bigoted attack, littered with the N-word and other disgusting racial insults,” according to a joint investigation by RadarOnline.com and the National Enquirer. “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation.

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 to People magazine. “This is not who I am. 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.

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. His play, about professional wrestlers in a fictional league, deals largely with themes of racial politics and ethnicity inside the professional wrestling world. 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? 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. Fucking n—–.” Eagle-eyed wrestling fans noticed overnight that Hogan’s profile suddenly disappeared from WWE.com, replaced with a message that said “You are not authorized to access this page.” Hogan was also nowhere to be found on WWE’s Hall of Fame page — he was inducted in 2005 — and his merchandise was gone from the online shop.

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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