What happened?

Terry Bollea – also known as the wrestling legend Hulk Hogan – issued an apology July 2015 for a racist rant caught on a 2008 tape (the rant in question was found by Radar Online and National Enquirer).

These numerous remarks were made as his daughter, Brooke Hogan, was dating a black man. Despite his apology, his contract with the WWE was terminated and the company has deleted all references to him across their website, as well as removing all related merchandise from their shop.

Later, Dwayne Johnson – also known as the wrestler The Rock – made a response towards this apology, stating that he’d ‘not known him to be racist’. He added that he was ‘pretty disappointed’ regarding the matter. (Antoinette Bueno, 2015)

Where did I find this?

Why this?

I chose to do this particular topic because of a few reasons. For one, it addresses celebrity racism. It comes from Hulk Hogan, a legendary wrestler, meaning that the story itself has more impact coming from a figure that millions of people know about. Secondly, the backlash and aftermath is important, as it shows the media’s reaction in regards to racist scandals. Finally, it is a fairly recent story at only one year old – thus, I felt it was still relevant to this day and age.

When did I find this first?

I found this story on the 26/27th of September. Due to real life complications and a generally difficult period getting my work together, this post was done a little later.

Who was involved?

Hulk Hogan was directly involved and the main focus point of the story. Besides that, Dwayne Johnson made a formal statement on the matter after it had been leaked. Then, there is Brooke Hogan and the man she was dating – who has not been named – as they are the victims of this racist rant.

Official and unofficial sources.

Within journalistic research, an official source is an announcement or statement intended for the media. Examples of this can be organizations and forces such as the police. An unofficial source is that which is more intended for the public, not journalists. This is easier to define, as any newspaper or report is considered an unofficial source. Word of mouth is also considered an unofficial source.

Official sources.

+Reliable and trustworthy.
+Analytical, not hampered by emotion or rambling.
-Limited information, a broad announcements leads to some things being left vague.
-Focuses on the facts, not how the people feel and react.

Unofficial sources.

+More emotionally driven.
+Has the freedom to explain and elaborate further, as official announcements are kept rather short.
-May not be the most reliable source to use, as all the evidence may not be present.
-Could be overexaggerated and designed for fear-mongering.

Primary and secondary research.

There are two types of research – primary and secondary. Primary research is personal and upfront, such as vox pops and being there when the story occurs. Meanwhile, secondary research is done through other sources such as the Internet, books and other media where you are not physically there or talking to someone. Primary is through the horse’s mouth, whereas secondary is hearsay and online news.

Primary research.

+Shows a first-person perspective on the situation.
+Surveys can be easy to do.
-Time consuming on a large scale.
-Not the most reliable facts.

Secondary research.

+Very easy to access, just look it up online.
+Often the only way to find the info you need, i.e old documents or factual books.
-May be out of date for your subject matter.
-Doesn’t come from the horse’s mouth, but an outsider’s perspective. Can become like chinese whispers, where the truth is a little distorted.