World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) severed ties with the legendary Hulk Hogan late last week, removing his profile from their website in the process.
These moves arrived hot on the heels of the disclosure of a 2008 recording where the fallen icon delivered a racist tirade against a black rapper who was dating his daughter Brooke.
The audio leaked as part of a $100m law suit brought upon by Hogan himself, with the 61 year-old suing American blog site “Gawker” for publishing a sex tape involving him and a former friend’s wife (That pal being DJ Bubba the Love Sponge, whose idea it was for his best friend and better half to get jiggy in the first place.)
“I guess we’re all a little racist,
She is making some real bad decisions now. My daughter Brooke jumped sides on me. I spent $2-3m on her music career, I’ve done everything like a jackass for her,
“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am racist to a point; f*cking n*ggers,
But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars like a basketball player!
“I guess we’re all a little racist. F*cking n*gger.”
The majority of hardcore professional wrestling fans have cited the hypocrisy of WWE’s decision to ditch their most illustrious performer of all-time, with a handful of the company’s past segments coming under fire (click the link below to see one such example.)
Whether WWE has wiped its hands of Hogan permanently, or can resolve the issue after a cooling off period remains to be seen. The wrestler’s grovelling apology in recent days seemed heartfelt enough, although falling woefully short of excusing the poisonous words of the past.
The 61-year old, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, began his wrestling career in the late 1970’s, becoming the face of American pro-wrestling in the 1980’s and 90’s with the WWF (now WWE) and WCW. He had only made peace with the former 18 months ago after a sabbatical that lasted several years.
What do you make of Hulk Hogan’s words? Is WWE being hypocritical considering their past indiscretions and the fact that the comments were made privately several years ago, or can a leopard never change his spots? Comments welcome.