Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hulk Hogan and forgiveness

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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

As reported earlier, WWE has announced Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into its Hall of Fame. Hogan was fired from WWE three years ago and essentially erased from the website (which is where the Hall of Fame is).  On WWE's website, the company calls the last three years a suspension. 

You all likely know the story, but in case you're not a regular wrestling fan and stumbled upon this post here's a quick recap. Hogan was caught on tape using racists words. The former WWE Champion has spent his time away from the company apologizing and righting the wrong he'd made.

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After the announcement, some fans said Hogan shouldn't return. I don't know if they're saying that because of what Hulkster said or that he isn't relevant enough to be part of today's product. While I understand some having concerns about a 60+-year-old former wrestler in today's environment, his name should have never been removed from the Hall of Fame. 

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I don't think what Hogan said was right. However, those who are so quick to hold him to his negative words have such a hard time accepting when he says he's sorry. But Hogan isn't the only celebrity to have his career impacted by a poor choice of words. Roseanne is the most recent example of this and it looks like ABC is moving forward without her much like WWE did with Hogan.
You don't have to like Hogan. But it's hard to deny his accomplishments. I'd also go back to my argument of separating the character from the person behind it. After all, it was Terry Bollea who really made those remarks. I know that last sentence will probably get some of you riled up. What are your thoughts on Hogan's reinstatement? 

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