Hulk Hogan sat down with Good Morning America
in an attempt to explain his actions to his fans.
It all stems from a 2006 recording of a private conversation where he uses the racist term to refer to his daughter’s boyfriend
. The WWE immediately ended their contact with Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) and removed him from the hall of fame.
At the time Hogan released this statement: “Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”
Fast forward to today’s interview with ABC, and there are more questions than answers.
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Hogan claims he was suicidal, and although it’s unclear, I think he means he was suicidal at the time. What that has to do with him using the n-word is also unclear. He also says that in Tampa, where he grew up, the word is commonplace.
“People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word.”
Greeting someone with the word is very different than saying “I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger.” And “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!”
Not that either is okay, but Hogan is trying to sugar-coat the intent behind his words.
“Is it fair to say that you inherited a racial bias?” the host asks.
“I would say that is very fair, that was the environment I grew up in,” Hogan replies.
So what? Is this supposed to excuse his behavior?
At the time of the incident Hogan was in his early 50s. You can’t blame your adult choice of words on childhood influences.
He goes on to say how hard it has been for him to live through this situation.
“Please forgive me. I’m a nice guy.”
What about all the black people who face racism in America everyday? Their lives are much harder than yours, Hulk.
Sadly, this seems like another instance of white people showing other white people sympathy for being racist.