Hogan is widely accepted and embraced universally as the Muhammad Ali of sports-entertainment. A globally recognized multimedia maven who shrewdly evaluates business decisions into extensive account in the definitive favor of the individual that is the be-all and end-all in his very own notion – Hulk Hogan.
First and foremost, Hulk Hogan is the quintessential reason as to why many fans became attached to sports-entertainment. Be that as it may, during a relatively naive first impression prior to fathoming what had transpired, WWE and Hulk Hogan officially parting ways on July 24 had come as a major shock to many who remotely recognize or idolize the muscle bound, blond fu manchu-sporting, red and yellow-wearing icon. Initially, many believed thought it was a late April fool’s joke until reading beyond merely the controversial headline. However, after all understanding that the iconic pop culture figure had been released from globally popular sports-entertainment company WWE due to insensitive racial comments, it had become fully justified as to why the shamed Hogan had received reprimandation as such.
“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. 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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs” Hogan apologized in a public statment relating to the bigoted comments for his infamous sex tape scandal remarks where he said “If she (Brooke Hogan) was going to f**k some n****r, I’d rather her marry an 8 foot tall n****r worth a hundred million dollars”. Brooke Hogan is the daughter of the legendary professional wrestler.
Historically speaking, Hogan is not the only individual in the uber-shady sports-entertainment business or entertainment industry for that matter to have made insensitive race-related comments (see: Mel Gibson), as Teddy Long – an African-American – whose racial abuse from Ric Flair behind-the-scenes in the past, often went undocumented until Long exposed Flair’s bigotry in a revealing shoot interview subsequently. Sports-entertainment has perennially held down minorities and utilized subliminal racism, particularly WWE’s billionaire Chairman Vince McMahon openly using the N-word in a shocking segment involving an African-American in Booker T at WWE Survivor Series 2005.
Furthermore, the deep history of racism lies within the business of sports-entertainment, where caucasian performers have performed a degrading blackface-esque segment (Degeneration X) to mock an group comprised of African-Americans (The Nation of Domination). This is a problem with the foundation of racism in the United States opposed to the so-called racial hatred in the professional wrestling industry. In the grander scheme of things, WWE is a certified billion dollar public company that trades on Wall Street in New York and needs to protect its positive image at all costs in an era that has seen the company clean up its act in toning down on violence, denegration to woman and profanity. Linda McMahon – who ran for senate of Connecticut – was chiefly responsible for amending the once distasteful actions associated with the Attitude Era due to her campaign.
More importantly in the aftermath of the Hulkster’s insensitive comments, Hogan has been officially removed from the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame and television hit show Tough Enough, whilst WWE has removed all Hogan merchandise, videos, profile(s) and Hogan-related products. In addition, WWE has terminated Hogan from his contract. With that said, when was the last time WWE had an African-American WWE Champion? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? Johnson is Black only when convenient to defend WWE’s guilt of never having a Black WWE champion; WWE slyly plays up his Samoan heritage more than the aforementioned. Fact.
Hogan’s actions are not correct and should not be endorsed in any way, shape nor form. Boxing legend George Foreman and NBA legend Dennis Rodman are notable African-Americans who have defended Hogan post-comments, whereas Mick Foley – who is Caucasian – has also supported Hogan. Incidentally, in Hogan’s public-owned restaurant, he had singularly prohibited the general public from sporting do-rags and baggy clothes inside the premises; both of which are associated with hip-hop culture ( see: African-American culture).
Vince McMahon’s tyrannical, unmerciful, vindictive ways will indeed ensure that he will break Hogan – a man who he essentially helped create – until the remnants of Hulkamania are nothing more than a pile of ashes left on the wayside. Rumors are now officially circulating that Hogan will appear on British hit television show “Celebrity Big Brother 2015” in August. TNA Impact Wrestling have also seperated themselves from their former employee in deleting all material of Hogan on their official website.
All of the WWE WrestleMania moments, travelling, tickets sold and money Hogan made for McMahon now amounts to zero. Hogan was rumored to appear in “The Expendables 4”. Will this materialize? Stallone and Hogan are close friends, but even this is not a realistic move for both parties. Hogan suffered back pain and numerous hip injuries to become a pop culture legend. Is this race-related incident comparable to the heinous Chris Benoit incident? Hogan never killed anybody, yet seemingly shot himself and his reputation down in one fell swoop.
Lastly, cerebrally manipulating company officials and mainstream media members and outlets has been a recurring theme for the 61-year-old star who infamously released a steamy sex tape with radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge’s former wife Heather Clem, whilst suing ex-wife and “Hogan Knows Best” co-star Linda Hogan for defamatory comments alluding to homosexuality and defamation of character in her autobiography ‘My Life Against The Ropes’. Hogan is also currently going through the rammifications of a $100 million court case against Gawker, which bodes not positive for the icon based on his racist remarks. Oh brother.
W| By Dean Perretta @DeanPerretta #InspireLSEntertainment