Just yesterday, Dennis Michael Lynch did an entire monologue on the double standard that exists when it comes to using the N-word. “If a black man says it to the president, no worries. But a white guys says it and his life is destroyed.” Hulk Hogan is a great example of what DML is eluding to.
A few months ago, Hulk Hogan a court ruled in favor of the former pro wrestler in his lawsuit against gossip website, Gawker, for releasing recordings of Hogan having sex with a woman. But the $140 million he was awarded — but has yet to collect — isn’t enough for Hogan. He has filed a second lawsuit for allegedly leaking sealed court documents to the National Enquirer that quoted him making racists remarks.
In a 2007 encounter with his best friend’s wife, Hogan went off on his daughter’s relationship with a black man.
“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—ing n—-r,” Hogan said, according to a transcript of the recording.
WWE immediately fired Hogan, scrubbing his name from its website and Hall of Fame.
His “income was cut off, his legacy in entertainment was severely damaged (if not completely destroyed), and his global brand was forever tarnished,” the new Florida suit says.
According to the New York Post, The National Enquirer published the story, which “Gawker had been threatening to release publicly for months,” in July, according to the suit.
Just as the Enquirer posted the damaging transcript online, Gawker CEO Nick Denton wrote a piece on his blog predicting that Hogan’s “real secret” would soon be revealed, the suit says.
Minutes later, Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio tweeted to Hogan “XOXOXO” with a link to the Enquirer posting that included the confidential transcript, according to court papers.
Hogan immediately admitted that he had made the offensive remarks and apologized.
Gawker is appealing the $140 million jury verdict over the first sex tape and has denied that it leaked the sealed transcript to the Enquirer.
The new suit is for unspecified money damages.
Gawker Media responded in a statement Monday, “This is getting ridiculous. Hulk Hogan is a litigious celebrity abusing the court system to control his public image and media coverage.”
“As we’ve said before and are happy to say again: Gawker did not leak the information,” the statement said. “It’s time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan.”
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