Brooke Hogan Defends Father Hulk Hogan Over Racist Rant, Makes Things Worse
For the second time since the media firestorm began, Brooke Hogan has stepped forward to defend her father, Hulk Hogan, against claims that he’s a racist. This, despite one of the leaked rants featuring Hogan openly condemning Brooke for working with (and possibly dating) a black man. But Brooke thinks that her father using the N-word repeatedly isn’t the problem, but rather the politically correct nature of society today.
“He’s an easy target,” Brooke told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s not that my dad thinks that, and that’s not how we were raised. 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. He’s so nice to everybody.”
However, Brooke would go on to make this whole thing worse by stating that black people shouldn’t be offended, since she’s been called a “honkey” before.
“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.”
Whether Brooke intended it or not, the implication appears to be that “honkey” and “n***er” are on a level of offensiveness. And while I can appreciate that some white people might find the word “honkey” genuinely offensive, I don’t see how it’s even in the same district as “n***er” when it comes to offensiveness. The fact that Brooke compares the two so glibly seems to indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of race within the Hogan family. Regardless of the context in which he meant it, it seems like the Hulkster wants to appropriate black verbiage while also disparaging black people themselves, which represents an imbalance. It smacks of hypocrisy, and I think that’s one of the bigger reasons why Hulk Hogan is dealing with this mess. The racial terminology is bad enough in itself, but his desire to want to say it and not face any consequences or criticism, as if there was nothing racist about what he said, is what’s making this bad. And Brooke illustrating that her father’s short-sightedness didn’t skip a generation is making this considerably worse. I’d say all the Hogans need to just lay low until this whole thing blows over. If it ever even does.
But what do you think of Brooke Hogan’s defense? Sound off in the comments!
For more on the Hulk Hogan fiasco, check out our report on his jailhouse comments to his son, Nick.