As some of you may have heard, Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) is in some trouble. having recently been fired from the WWE for use of racial slurs caught on tape back in 2012.
I think his career in terms of TV and wrestling is pretty much finished. He may wind up doing a podcast like several other of his colleagues do, but in this day and age if you use the N word, you’re pretty much finished. Look at what happened to Mel Gibson and Michael Richards, the guy who played Cosmo Kramer in Seinfeld. Has Mr. Richards had a prominent role since his racist tirade was caught at a comedy club in LA a few years back?
Watching a lot of wrestling in my childhood, I’m fully aware of how there have been racially based characters who come from “deepest darkest Africa” who just so happen to be fully versed at how wrestling holds work, or how race was often used to sell tickets in the past few decades. Say an African-American wrestler is bad guy and one of his associates goes off on a racist tangent. When the black wrestler tries to straighten out his white partner, he usually would get assaulted (for story line purposes) and thus would turn “babyface” defending his honor and race simultaneously.
You don’t see those “black versus white equals green” story lines anymore these days, and for good reason. The business Hulk Hogan is in got smarter. He didn’t.