World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon has no idea how publicly screwed he is about to become. There’s a special place in media hell for public hypocrites, and McMahon’s company allegedly just fired Hulk Hogan for using the n-word. It’s probably an easier thing to get away with if there isn’t incredibly cringe-y footage of you doing the same thing on YouTube. Ask deposed NBA owner Donald Sterling about what people think of racist, rich, old white guys.
The Hogan audio surfaced (god, not even video like yours, McMahon) from when he was on a Sirius satellite radio show, the Whoolywood Shuffle in 2012. Allegedly, the following is the transcript of why Hulk Hogan was abruptly fired from associating with the WWE:
“Well, (black wrestler) Booker T used to do that to me, and every time I pull up YouTube there’s that famous thing with Booker T and his brother is there and they’re all talking trash, and Booker T says, ‘I’m coming for ya Hogan, you nigger’—and not ‘nigga,’ he goes ‘nigger,’” Hogan tells the DJ. “And it’s still so cool, because the whole time I was down in Miami when I lived there, you know, everybody—I’d walk into the [DJ] booth and all of a sudden I’d bump into this guy and The Game’s in the booth, it’s all black and he’s got his BlackBerry, and I bump into him and he goes, ‘What’s up, nigga?’ and I said, ‘Oh, excuse me, bro!’ And he says, ‘No, it’s all cool.’” (credit: Daily Beast)
Seeming to confirm his termination, the former star wrestler posted this to his Twitter account late last night:
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
The WWE confirmed the termination today with a statement that read:
“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.”
So you can see, maybe, how the internet in all its righteous glory is going to seize upon McMahon now (or should — sometimes it’s a lazy beast). Scripted footage for “entertainment value” or not, Mcmahon just fired the most popular and beloved wrestler of all time. And he did it by using a sort of double standard. That’s not just fucked up, that’s fucked.