Tag: Hulk Hogan

August 3, 2015 /

Read Part I of my notes on Hogan and the N-word here. Once the second article in this expose was revealed, this one by a National Inquirer affiliate called Radar Online, it became clear that Hogan’s N-word rant was made public with the seediest of motives, in a format intended to manipulate readers into a froth of indignation. The most shocking lines were quoted out of their context, and there were plenty of rabble-rousing explanations…

July 26, 2015 /

I’m interested in deconstructing the Hulk Hogan N-word controversy, in moving beyond moral outrage and considering it from a linguistic point of view. This is tricky business, because aren’t we so unforgiving of anybody who dares to utter the N-word! But it’s a fascinating study in taboo language, which is an area of interest for me as a writer and translator. I’ve had to think a lot about the way offensive language works because Vladimir…

January 1, 2015 /

This final RAW of 2014 was fascinating, despite being pretty low key until the hostage situation at the end. There were no celebrations of Hulk Hogan or a holiday or a charity, just well-composed rising action and character development. The episode functioned as something of an airing of grievances, as is seasonally appropriate and a welcome change from the Christmas shenanigans of the previous week and the tired cliches of overall holiday season. It was…

September 10, 2014 /

Honestly, I avoided much of RAW on Monday. I was in the kitchen doing dishes and listening but not watching, in hopes of not having to see the Jerry Springer thing. I had thought surely as a species we had evolved beyond Jerry Springer. (I mean, what is this, 1999?) But I got drawn over to the TV during a few of the segments, one of which, of course, was John Cena’s powerful confrontation of…

August 12, 2014 /

What are the implications of Cena making his match with Lesnar about defending the entire history of professional wrestling? Is that not a tall order for tween Cena? Donning Hulk’s colors and all? Is perhaps Hulkamania truly immortal? Is he in fact a god to us? Hulk may be the most unique character in wrestling history. Discuss. Brock Lesnar is a scary motherfucker. Discuss. What Shakespeare play will Cena’s battle with Brock Lesnar be? Will…

June 30, 2014 /

Though of course I was cheering for Roman Reigns, I’ve decided I do support a John Cena championship at this time. I wholeheartedly support the tweening of John Cena. This is rather unique — Hulk Hogan, if you will remember, turned heel when his fans were getting sick of him. And his whole complaint, if I remember correctly, was that his fans were turning on him, so screw them. John Cena, on the other hand,…