A childhood idol to most boys and girls in the 1980′s, he has been the subject of a recent racial tirade on a sex tape that was released, causing the sudden exit and dismissal at wwe.com. He was quoted as saying:
“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r.”
Wow. That’s almost Donald Sterling-like in it’s ridiculousness and its viciousness. Once WWE got word of this, his contract was immediately terminated, with this statement from:
“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
Recently, many wrestlers past and present have come to the aid of Hogan, stating that they don’t believe that Hogan is a racist. CM Punk, Roddy Piper (RIP), Kevin Nash, Kamala and more have all defended their former friend and employee stating they have never seen or heard racist rants like that before. What do you think?
This just isn’t the only problem with Hogan though. Now there comes a report that Hogan could fave jail time for perjury. Apparently he may have lied under oath when making a deposition in his case against Gawker, which is directly at odds to what he told the FBI. Lying under oath can come with time in jail. Oh brother. Furthermore, all of that stems from his lawsuit against a company for releasing a sex tape where he has sex with the ex wife of his best friend. So many problems, so little time.
How does one get into a mess this big? I think it’s time we stop placing people on pedestals and understand that celebrities and athletes are human just like us. If this had happened to the guy down the street 5 houses down, it would seem more understandable because we haven’t thought of him as an American hero or idol to all (when in fact, he very well could be). Too often, we like an escape from our everyday lives (which is why I like wrestling) and look to these stars as icons for all. Take Bill Cosby, for instance. Some people, I’m sure, used his parenting skills from The Cosby Show, as a model for how to be a better father and possibly human being. Behind the scenes, he was (allegedly) forcing women to have sex with him, with or without their consent.
Maybe we should put a bigger focus on our own selves as opposed to others. Maybe we should remember that they’re human and make the same mistakes we do too. I’m not saying we’re all making sex tapes and raping women, but I’m saying we all have our own faults, and will continue to be less than perfect, because we’re only human.