Brooke Hogan Defends Hulk: “I’ve Been Told White People Smell Like Bologna!”
Ahh, Brooke Hogan is really going out of her way to show that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hulk Hogan’s pop star wannabe daughter defended her dad’s use of the n-word in an exclusive interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” insisting that he isn’t racist because his best friends are Mr. T and Dennis Rodman. For the 100 millionth time, having a Black friend doesn’t mean someone can’t be racist. Using the n-word is racist and so is defending oneself against racist claims by trotting out ye olde token Black friends. Also super problematic? Expecting Black people to be understanding about her dad’s use of the n-word because white people experience racism too! Brooke Hogan herself has experienced racism! She told ET:
“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.”
Look. “Honkey” is not what I would call a slur, but even if it is, it is NOWHERE NEAR on the same level in terms of cultural and institutional impact. Neither is being told that white people smell like lunch meat. (Also, is that a thing? That white people smell like bologna? Has anyone else been told that? Or just Brooke?) Like Brooke, I think that’s hilarious. Unlike Brooke, I don’t think being told that honkies smell like bologna is the same as enduring centuries of slavery and systematic oppression.
Seriously, girl, you’re not helping your daddy’s reputation. If anything, you’re just proving how easily ignorance is handed down, generation to generation.