WWE news over the past few days has been dominated by Hulk Hogan and the racist comments that forced WWE to part ways with the Hall of Famer.
Today a video showing Vince McMahon referring to John Cena as a "N*****" at Survivor Series 2005 has been making it's way around the internet.
Many of the WWE Universe have been asking the question of why Vince can do that and not be punished whilst Hulk Hogan has had his contract terminated due to his comments.
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WWE have responded by releasing the following statement to TMZ:
"(It) was an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies."
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IS IT OK?
Basically WWE are stating that this is acceptable for Vince McMahon to do because he was in character and it was like he was someone else whereas Hulk Hogan was being himself and the views he expressed were his own.
Mr McMahon would never dream of speaking to John Cena like that in real life and that ultimately is the difference here.
The fact that the video has gone viral means that the WWE Universe are completely missing the point here, the issue is Hulk Hogan and the comments he made, he didn't even apologise for the comments until he was told that he was being racist which means he didn't know or think that what he was saying was wrong.
WHERE NOW FOR HOGAN?
Hulk Hogan has been taken off all of the Tough Enough advertising, which now lists just Paige and Daniel Bryan as judges, and WWE have removed his profile from their page after deciding to distance themselves from the situation. They did release the following statement:
"WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."
Hogan then publicly apologised for the comments:
"Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it."
"This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs."
The fact that WWE are making an example of a superstar who is so widely known and respected shows that WWE are willing to uphold their rules no matter what and are sending the right kind of message out to the children who are a part of the WWE Universe.
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