The Hulk Hogan apology did nothing to save the former WWE superstar’s job after a private tape was released to the media last week revealing the Hulkster’s controversial comments about black people.
In the tirade, Hogan, commenting about the men his daughter dates, uses the phrase “f***ing n*****” and admits that he’s a racist.
Since then, the reaction has been mixed from the wrestling community, but WWE, Hogan’s employer, wasted little time in severing all ties with the wrestling legend.
After the fallout, he seemed to fall on his sword and issue a heartfelt apology. But a new report now indicates the Hulk Hogan apology may have been nothing more than a sham designed to save face.
TMZ reports that Hogan is “outraged” at WWE owner Vince McMahon for using the N-word himself in a 2005 skit where the Chairman of the Board waltzes through the backstage area and refers to John Cena as “my n***a” in front of African-American wrestlers Booker T and Sharmell.
Here’s the clip.
What makes the Hulk Hogan apology so disingenuous if it’s true that he’s upset about this skit is this: the Vince McMahon character, at that time, was being portrayed as a clueless oaf trying too hard to ingratiate himself to one of his performers.
Furthermore, let’s emphasize the word “character.” McMahon is taking part in a work of fiction here that is not unlike, as TMZ also points out, something you would hear on The Wire and Django Unchained.
What the media gained access to last week was a Hulk Hogan racist rant out of character. He wasn’t performing words on a page; he was speaking from the heart.
Now if Hogan wanted to be “outraged” that his private thoughts were dispersed to the media without his consent or knowledge, he would have a genuine argument.
How the recording was created and obtained is outrageous and a gross invasion of privacy. The person who recorded it behind Hogan’s back and the media that shamelessly dispensed it — looking at you, Radar Online — should be prosecuted for violating an individual’s right to privacy.
But WWE didn’t do anything wrong here, as indicated in a statement released to TMZ stating that the Raw skit “was an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies.”
So if the public is to genuinely believe that Hulk Hogan apology, then the Hulkster needs to squash this rumor, embrace his previous words, and take what the WWE dished out.
But what do you think, readers? Was the Hulk Hogan apology genuine? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image of Hulk Hogan via Rolling Stone]