Brooke Hogan Tries to Defend Hulk Hogan’s Racist Rant
Had you forgotten about the whole Hulk Hogan N-word mess? Well, don’t worry, because his daughter Brooke has dredged it all back up again with a well-intentioned but unfortunate interview with Entertainment Tonight.
A couple of weeks ago, the WWE cut all ties to Hulk Hogan after eight-year-old audio surfaced of the pro wrestler going on a racist rant about a black guy Brooke was dating. Tonight, Brooke finally addressed the controversy in the exclusive ET interview, saying she doesn’t support what Hulk Hogan said, but she’s still standing by him because he’s her dad and she loves him.
That’s sweet and understandable, but she quickly gets into dangerous territory when she trots out the old “people on the internet just want to be mad at stuff” argument:
”It’s so easy for people to just — they need something to jump down people’s backs about. He’s an easy target.”
Also, some of his best friends are black.
”My dad’s best friends with Mr. T, he’s best friends with Dennis Rodman, he’s not racist. It’s just when you’re mad and you’re at the lowest point in your life …. you just choose ill-fitting words for that situation just to air your shorts out.”
Besides, white people experience racism too. One time someone told her that white people smell like bologna (do we? seriously? that’s weird) which is basically on the same level as Jim Crow laws if you think about it.
”I feel bad for my dad, but I also feel bad for the African-American fans and stuff because they don’t know that he didn’t mean it. You know, it would be offensive. But this is something that we have to put a stop to everyday, because I’ll be honest with you, I’ve had a black guy call me a honkey, and I’ve also been told that white people smell like bologna. I don’t take offense to it, I just laughed at it.”
The internet isn’t reacting well to her take on the whole thing.
Just… Hon, sit down, this isn’t helping.