Looks like Hulk Hogan still has at least one fan left in his corner: his daughter Brooke. In a new interview, the 27-year-old attempts to defend her wrestler dad by using his personal relationships with Mr. T and Dennis Rodman to prove that he’s ‘not racist.’ But did her comments cause more harm than good?
Brooke Hogan, 27, may have been defending her wrestler father, Hulk Hogan, 61, when she sat down with Entertainment Tonight on Aug. 3, but the aspiring singer may have caused more harm than good when she used the former WWE star’s personal relationships with several African-Americans celebrities to prove that he’s “not racist.” Check out her controversial comments below!
The former reality star said her father was in “the lowest point in his life” when he went on a racist tirade in a 2006 recording that released to the public on July 23. But Brooke continued to defend her father’s language, despite its incredibly offensive nature, by noting that he’s friends with people of color. “My dad’s best friends with Mr. T, 63, he’s best friends with Dennis Rodman, 54,” she said, “he’s not racist.” Sorry Brooke, but having friends of different races does not make one immune to racism.
Sadly, things only got worse from there. Brooke continued to trivialize the offensiveness of her father’s words by comparing them to her own experiences with prejudice. “This is something that we have to put a stop to everyday,” she told ET, “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.” Okay, since when has saying someone smells like bologna been considered as offensive as an actual racial slur? Clearly, Brooke is missing the point here!
Still, we can understand the signer’s desire to stand up for her father, who she said was incredibly “bummed out” about being dropped by WWE and removed from its Hall of Fame. “I understand when people are writing me mean tweets and saying your dad’s this and [that] … [but] I wish I could talk to them and just say, ‘Have you ever been really mad at somebody and just said the worst about them?’ Brooke added. “It’s not that my dad thinks that, and that’s not how we were raised.” The former wrestler did own up to his mistakes in an apology issued on July 24, in which he deemed the acts “unacceptable.” Hopefully, both Brooke and Hulk can learn something of value from this unfortunate situation.
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— Alyssa Montemurro