After WWE broke all ties with Hulk Hogan over his "racist" scandal, Booker T spoke up on the
On his Booker T. Huffman Twitter page (@BookerT5x), he tweeted, "I am shocked by the statements made by Hulk Hogan. It's unfortunate, but that's something that he's going to have to deal with."
Although he never condemned Hogan, he did condemn the use of the word "nigger" or "nigga" later. Afterwards, some wrestling fans took to the internet, including his Facebook page, to criticize him.
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They accused him of kissing the behinds of the Authority and called him a hypocrite. However, Booker has never deserved any of this.
Some of Booker's critics also point to Vince McMahon's use of the word on SmackDown. However, McMahon said, "Keep it up, my n----" to John Cena, not to Booker.
The reactions of Cena, Booker, and Booker's wife Sharmell made it difficult to tell how much of it was part of the act. Cena seemed puzzled while Booker and Sharmell might have truly been offended. Booker spoke up after McMahon left, but he only delivered one of his catch phrases, "Tell me he didn't just say that!"
It might be harsh to assume anything about Booker when we have no way of knowing whether Booker ever talked to McMahon about the word being inappropriate, even if McMahon was the boss.
Unfortunately, WWE has a long history of racially insensitive spots and gimmicks that are just as inexcusable. An endless supply of clips exist online, but that is another story.
THE INFAMOUS WCW PROMO
Having started out in the indies as the Ebony Experience some time after Stevie Ray convinced his brother Booker to train and become a pro wrestler, Stevie Ray and Booker became arguably the most dominant tag team of the 1990s as Harlem Heat in WCW and certainly one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
Managed by women's wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Sensational Sherri Martel (Sister Sherri at the time), Harlem Heat was mixing it up with the WCW's top stars.
Booker was always great at cutting promos, but in an interview with Gene Okerlund at WCW Spring Stampede in 199, he slipped and blurted out, "Hulk Hogan, we're coming for you, n----!"
Instantly, Booker covered his face, appalled at his error, while Stevie Ray, Sherri (pampering Booker), and Okerlund continued as if it had never happened.
A CANDID INTERVIEW
In an interview that took place years before the current Hulk Hogan scandal, Booker T talked about his "n" word slip. After the host teased him about the video clip having become an internet sensation, Booker explained that it was a complete accident and that he regretted it immediately.
Booker said that he had feared being blackballed as a result, but ironically, it was Hulk Hogan who talked with him soon afterwards and made light of the situation.
More importantly, Booker stated in the interview that he was so embarrassed by the incident that he has never used the "n" word since. That demonstrates humility and sounds nothing like a hypocrite.
Booker T, the five-time WCW Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, has always been one of pro wrestling's class acts.