In the midst of the Hulk Hogan N-word scandal, one of the things that stood out to me was how quick the WWE was to disown him and want nothing to do with him for statements he made (in private mind you) eight years ago.
Hogan was fired and for all intents and purposes, has been wiped from WWE history. It was a suspiciously thorough scorched Earth approach considering Hogan’s longtime status as a goodwill ambassador and a guy who’s been the man most associated with the WWE.
This was the WWE’s statement in terminating Hogan’s contract:
“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.”
That statement probably should apply to Zahra Schreiber as well. The newest NXT Diva is now coming under social media fire for public statements and images she posted (and recently deleted) on her Instagram … and it wasn’t eight years ago.
Far more damning though are the Nazi imagery posts including a My Little Pony with a Hitler mustache. Schreiber is dating current WWE Champion Seth Rollins so it’ll be very interesting to see what if anything WWE does in this case because if Hulk freaking Hogan can get fired for private statements, WWE definitely has to follow its own precedent by firing Schreiber.
Update: WWE released the following statement showing it clearly knows what’s best for business.
“WWE has released Zahra Schreiber due to inappropriate and offensive remarks she made that were recently brought to our attention.”
Can’t knock them for the swiftness of this action and I commend WWE for giving a paycheck to one less person with amazingly oblivious insensitive and racist viewpoints.