And then you have Donald Trump, who is a WWE Hall Of Famer, and was recently quoted as saying
“When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs.They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people! But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”
And although those words have received much negative media attention, WWE has done nothing in response. TNA responded to Trump by having their X-Division Champion Tigre Uno talk about the comments. Tigre Uno (in his own language) told us how Mexico is full of good people, people who are doctors, plumbers, carpenters, and they contribute their skills to America. Tigre called Trump out and told him to come to the Impact Zone so Tigre could show him a real Mexican.
Tigre Uno is a luchador trained by Rey Mysterio Sr. And speaking of Rey Mysterio, has anyone noticed how Mysterio, the original Sin Cara (now known as Myzteziz) and Alberto Del Rio were dropped from the company in a short time frame? Mysterio was dropped after they purposely blocked him from leaving WWE for an extortionate amount of time, Myzteziz was dropped because of injuries and difficulites with his ring work, and as we all know, Del Rio was released because he defended himself from a racist WWE employee.
So WWE dropped everything to do with Hogan immediately after the story was published. Instead of waiting to find the details and the context behind the words, they decided to blacklist Hogan in a similar way they blacklisted CM Punk. WWE continues to show their paranoia over the subject, because the WWE knows it has been racist, not just on television, but behind closed doors. Has this racist environment been around in the WWE for decades? Not only did Hogan grow up in an era where racism was frequently used around the world without consequences, he worked for a company which has been labelled as racist by former wrestlers and fans.
Not only that, but Hogan mentioned how he would call everyone “nigger”, after Booker T and others used the word following Booker T’s famous “We’re comin’ for you nigga!” backstage interview in WCW. It was seen as an inside joke as Booker T did not mean to say the word, but they could see the humour in it. Instead of anyone getting offended, they laughed it off and continued to use the word. Many people continue to use the word today (whether they are African-American or not, but it’s rarely used in a racist manner. it’s an old word which isn’t immediately negative, unless you use it in such a way with violence.
I’m going to be honest here, my father has said many things about African-Americans (and other races) which, if you put it in a newspaper, would be considered racist. He’s not racist though, he comes from a time when racism was used without consequence, it was common to label and judge something/someone you didn’t understand. It was common to get angry and use the racist remarks to vent frustration, but you would never see my dad purposely attacking an African-American out of hatred for the colour of his skin, and I’m sure Hulk Hogan is the same way.
All I see when I read Hogan’s remarks is someone who was clearly frustrated with his daughter’s business decisions, someone who was likely drunk (or on drugs) in an atmosphere which allowed him to be comfortable to say whatever he liked. Instead of venting his frustration by slandering his daughter, he used a “black guy” and used “nigger” (a word used many times with his fellow wrestlers) as a way to get his anger out over his daughter’s decisions. His remarks were not directed towards any one individual, and the context of the words remain unclear. Did he seriously mean it when he said everyone was a “little racist”? Or was he joking? You can’t tell from the words alone.
Nevertheless, his reputation will continue to be dragged through the mud for the sake of the media, so they can line their pockets with a few extra bucks. Hogan is clearly sad and upset over the story, and has apologized. it shows that celebrities are not safe in today’s society, no matter where they are. You have to feel sorry for these individuals, who’s little mistakes are blown up into something which shouldn’t be newsworthy.
Hogan may not be the most likeable human being in the world (when he’s not being Hulk Hogan), but does he deserve to have his name dragged through the mud for something he said behind closed doors eight years ago? I don’t think so, and the more I read about it, the more I feel sorry for Hogan. And a few years ago, I had nothing but hatred for Hogan taking all the spotlight in TNA Wrestling, so I never thought I would feel sorry for him.
How do you feel? Do you think Hogan deserves this? Has the media blown it out of proportion? Should we ignore the story and move on? Has the WWE been too hasty with their approach? I will say, that I hope this story is quickly forgotten about, and Hogan is forgiven for something which he clearly didn’t mean. Thanks for reading.