Hulk Hogan's Apology Can Never Bring His Role Model Status Back

After a tabloid released a report on a racist tirade Hulk Hogan made on a sex tape, Hogan released a statement apologizing for the incident. The Hulk says his statements were inconsistent with his beliefs, but in my opinion if this were true he probably wouldn't have said such awful things to begin with. 

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When you consider Hulk Hogan was the most requested celebrity of the 1980s for the Make-a-Wish Foundation children's charity and had a Saturday morning cartoon, you can see why this sort of behavior is especially awful for a public figure, especially one who is supposed to be a role model for kids.  

In the audio of the sex tape, the report says, Hogan complains to his partner, Heather Clem, about an unnamed black billionaire man who offered to help his daughter, Brooke Hogan, with her music career. What Hogan says on the tape is too vile to report here, but let's just say it involves a lot of profanity, speculation about his daughter's sex life, and frequent use of the N-word. Hogan sums it up by saying:

I guess we’re all a little racist. F-word n-word.

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Ummmm … No. But anyway, in an apology to People, Hogan said of his racist garbage mouth:

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. This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs, or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.

In my opinion, too little too late. Hogan was removed from the WWE's website this morning, with no videos or photos of the famed wrestler remaining. Considering how many little kids look up to him as a hero due to his pro-wrestling career, I say good riddance. 

 

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