Brooke Hogan, daughter of the newly-infamous Hulk Hogan, defended her father in an interview with ET on Tuesday. In the interview, the 27-year-old singer claimed that her father was not a racist for a number of reasons, of which she included her relationships with mixed-race men and Hulk's ongoing friendships with Mr. T and noted North Korea sympathizer Dennis Rodman.
Hogan—who drops her five-song EP I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend on Sept. 4 and recently wrote a poem for her dad—went on to say racism "is something that we have to put a stop to everyday" before regaling us with her own personal experiences. What kind of racist experiences, you ask? Being called a "honkey" by a black person and apparently also being told "that white people smell like bologna."
"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," she said. "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."
Brooke Hogan went on to say that her father is "a lot bummed out" about being erased from WWE history, adding that "Wrestling is his life, so being scrubbed from the WWE, it was really like turning the knife."
No word yet on whether the bologna comment has impacted Brooke Hogan's life as much as institutional racism in the criminal justice, housing, health, and education systems have impacted those of millions of African Americans.
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