On Hulk Hogan, and why the WWE got it right.

They’re letting the Hulkster go after it’s come to light that he uttered some pretty unfathomably racist (and stupid) things In a resurfaced interview. During a “woe is me” moment, Hulk complained about an offer from a “black billionaire” guy to fund his daughters music. I wish I had his problems.

The quote as follows:

“I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever.”

Just let that sink in. He said something so deplorable that the WWE not only fired him, cancelled a deal and COMPLETELY removed any mention of him from their website. We all know the WWE is one of the primary sources of entertainment for…shall we say, less refined and culturally sophisticated folks. I would wager you would be hard pressed not to find a ratio of six or seven bigots for every ten fans. Perhaps the lack of culture is really why it appeals to them- pretending two greasy sweaty men are actually fighting in the most animated, campy and exaggerating fashion.

I digress. What I mean to say is the WWE are no fools and they’re certainly in touch with their fan base. They know that most people who watch wrestling wouldn’t bat an eye at that kind of language from a white man. They know that there may be a bit of backlash but ultimately they could just bunker down until it blew over.

This is one of the few times you will ever see a major, major corporation doing the right thing sheerly for the reason of doing the right thing. The WWE showed us that no matter how famous, liked, or wealthy you are racism will not be tolerated and you do not get a pass.

Yet, the fans just don’t seem to get it. Outrage is pouring out on online forums. They try and call hypocrisy because Brian McGhee is on trial for murder. It’s a strange comparison to make, don’t you think ? A man accused of a crime, and a man on tape declaring his racism.I have this very peculiar notion that we live in a nation where you are innocent until proven guilty.

Fire him after they find him guilty (obviously).

There are some major underlying issues at play here, however. The rush to defend this man online is showing a very concerning lack of priorities in our country. You value the fact that a man greased himself up, put on a schlock character display and pretended to beat people up over the fact that he is, and i’m not being to harsh here, a vile racism. It doesn’t matter if it was one comment, and he softened it with “a little” Racism in all it’s forms is vile and abhorrent.
How do we expunge this tolerance for racism from our culture is a much bigger question that comes out of all this talk. How do we instill the appropriate level of disgust into our children and make them understand the severity of what just happened. Had we figured it out by now I’m certain I’d be reading a lot less articles about unarmed black citizens being mowed down by the police.

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