WWE Fires Hulk Hogan for Racist Remarks

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eric Walden: Hogan, Cowherd just latest examples of how far we have to go, brother.

This week, a transcript of Hogan ranting about a man who was dating his daughter Brooke was leaked, and it is said the star – who has since apologised and thanked fans for their support – used the n-word several times.Despite professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan being dropped by the WWE and scrubbed from its website for racist remarks made nearly a decade ago, he’s still got folks in his corner.

How sad that we’ve gone from killing four people by bombing the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 to killing nine people by shooting up the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.Although the company has cut all ties with the Hall of Famer amid the controversy, many fans, family and friends have reached out to defend him and he is grateful for their kind words.

Young is infamous amongst wrestling fans for the Mass Transit incident, when an untrained 17-year-old lied about his age and experience to get a match with the grappler in Extreme Championship Wrestling. How sad that it took until 2015 for the United States Supreme Court to overrule myriad state laws and give gay people the right to marry, and only then by a 5-4 vote. HH (sic)” One fan had written that they “highly doubt” that the wrestling star was racist, to which Hogan responded: “yo King thank you my brother,that’s not who I am,only love. The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement July 24, 2015, saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” Wrestling stars Mick Foley, who wrestled under a number of personas, and Glenn Gilbertti, who wrestled as “Disco Fever,” both tweeted support for Hogan.

But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever.” He is alleged to have said: “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n*****, I’d rather have her marry an eight-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars. Even some black athletes, like former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, former NBA star Dennis Rodman and ex-WWE wrestler Michael Jones, who went by Virgil, defended Hogan’s character following the release of his comments. Against the backdrop of all that, this weekend’s news that Hogan, a former professional wrestler, was captured on tape eight years ago dropping the N-word multiple times in a racist tirade, and that Cowherd, a blowhard radio host, lumped all Dominicans together as uneducated and ignorant, may not seem like such a big deal. She wrote, in part, “Just like you and I, things we don’t mean can sometimes slip.” Those words that slipped were uncovered as a part of Hogan’s $100 million personal injury lawsuit against Gawker media for publishing footage from an alleged sex tape featuring Hogan online. OK, fair enough — certainly, if the context we’re considering is that no one died, and that the only hurt inflicted was on some people’s feelings, I’ll concede that point.

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.” An audio clip had surfaced online in which Hogan repeatedly uses the n-word during an interview discussing his early career and the use of the word on screen, although it appears this is from around 2012 and not the incident leading to the controversy. Just don’t ask me to buy the arguments, though, that these events are only news because of political correctness run amok, because society is now preconditioned — damn liberal media! — to express moral outrage at any “opinion” we disagree with. 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.”

To borrow some examples from the novel I referenced earlier, there’s no U.S. equivalent of the Soviet Union’s KGB sending Hogan to Siberia or the East German Stasi torturing Cowherd for their comments. The extent of their “punishments” was their private-sector employers deciding they didn’t want the bad publicity that comes from being linked to their comments, and cutting ties with them as a result.

The bigger point to take away is how sad it is that, once again, sports and entertainment have failed to live up to the ideal of being refuges from the problems of the real world and have instead again become reminders of them. Donald Sterling being removed as owner of the Clippers a year ago for racist comments is clearly not the isolated incident we would have liked to believe. Hogan and Cowherd may well not be the ignorant bigots they’re being portrayed as, but the casualness with which they threw out racist words and stereotypes makes them microcosms of a society that, for all the progress it’s made in the last half-century, still has endemic and systemic issues with hatred and inequality.

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