As most of you know, I’m a huge wrestling fan. I’ve been out of the loop at bit the last few months, but it’s still something I love. One of my favorite wrestlers of all time is Hulk Hogan. His actual wrestling ability is low, but his charisma and crowd-control is off the charts. I’ve loved him as long as I can remember, really. The last couple years, he’s given me yet another reason to be a fan Hulkamaniac, and it has nothing to do with the squared circle. After Gawker published his ill-gotten sex tape a couple years ago, Hogan got mad. Then, he decided to get even.

Hogan decided to sue for $100 million, and it’s been in the courts for a while now, costing Gawker at total of around $600,000 dollars. According to recent reports, Gawker’s own insurance company is now suing them, saying they aren’t liable for the defense costs in the case. If you add this in with the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, that GamerGate has cost Gawker, it’s beginning to look like a decent hit. Here’s Gawker editor Max Read talking about all we’ve cost them back in October:

I’ve been told that we’ve lost thousands of dollars already, and could potentially lose thousands more, if not millions.”

The Hollywood Reporter had a good article about it Gawker’s claim last month, explaining their reasoning. To be honest, it sounds like another scam, just like their entire operation. Cayman Crook Nick Denton is never one to pass up an opportunity to lie, cheat, or steal:

“The insurer said in legal papers late last month that Gawker pays a coverage premium of $3,210 for liability related to the gossip site’s office in New York. (Think slips and falls.) Nautilus points out that Gawker pays another insurer a $23,004 premium for separate E&O media liability coverage, which it believes is the relevant one in the Hogan case.

But Gawker has an alternative argument why Nautilus isn’t merely responsible for those slipping and falling in the vicinity of founder Nick Denton. The policy in question provides insurance coverage for “damages because of bodily injury,” and the site points out that Hogan alleged he was suffering “emotional distress” from having an excerpt of his sex tape published.”

So, Gawker already has another insurance company for this coverage, but they want to drag in the other, clearly unaffiliated one? Sounds like their style. Bully, falsify, and propagandize…that’s all they know. They’re they scum of the earth, and always have been. What could possibly motivate them to publish Hulk Hogan’s sex tape in the first place? OK, money. But, if you post something salacious, it should at least have SOME news value, unless you’re just a bottom level gutter outlet. Yes, I’ve run some pretty hot stories myself, but I would say every one of them had news value…and there were zero porn clips among them.

I don’t see how this had any purpose, or value, other than to embarrass Hulk Hogan. Why would you want to do that to a guy like Hogan, who has given his life to entertaining people? He’s not a politician, or megachurch pastor. That’s why I hope he takes every fucking dime of that $100 million from Gawker. Either way, whether he gets it, they settle, or he ends up losing, this has been a total clusterfuck for Nick Denton and his sleazerag. They will make another mistake, count on it. Keep the pressure on these bullies, and we’ll exploit the next failing. Until then, continue laughing at them with the Hulkster.

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    1. hehehhe… The Amazing Atheist did a video about this on YouTube – It is prevalent in all celebrity gossip media: If the media leaks these photos of wardrobe malfunctions, and other things it = AOK, but if anyone else leaks explicit photos, it = bad.

      Typical Media Hypocrisy.

      1. Yea, I only had it up for a week or so at the very beginning. Started to get more traffic, and I setup my Adsense a little better. Plus, no one gave lol. I can’t say I blame them, with all the Patreon controversies. I’m sure they would have kicked me off the service by now anyway lol.

  1. This is a battle of attrition except were not the o es losing thousands, maybe even millions of dollars. Let’s keep bleeding ’em dry GamerGate.

  2. I think some people despair about Gawker’s ongoing activities simply because they don’t understand that corporations don’t die overnight even when they’ve been mortally wounded.

    Gawker is absorbing way too much pain from way too many angles so just give it a year and they’ll be boarding up the doors. Way I see it playing out is Nick Denton will run off to the Caimans to grab the last dozen million for himself and everyone who worked for him will get bushwhacked by the discovery they’re all unemployed when they come in that morning to find the G-men and their creditors tossing the offices.

    1. This is something the anti side could stand to be more aware of too. They point to Kotaku as proof that we’re not getting results, but just because it and Gawker haven’t taken a dirt-nap yet doesn’t mean they won’t. And it’ll be due in a pretty significant part to our efforts too.

  3. YOU KNOW BROTHER! I WENT DOWN TO MY LAWYER TO LODGE LEGAL ACTION, AND WHEN I SIGNED THOSE PAPERS HE SAID “MY GOD HOLLYWOOD! YOU GOT THE BIGGEST PYTHONS I’VE EVER SEEN”
    AND I SAID “THAT’S RIGHT BROTHER! 24 INCH PYTHONS! BIGGEST PYTHONS IN THE WORLD BROTHER”
    “SO GAWKER YOU BETTER SAY YOUR PRAYERS AND EAT YOUR VITAMINS, CAUSE WHATCHA GOING TO DO, WHEN HULKAMANIA, MY 24 INCH PYTHONS AND ALL THE HULKAMANIACS OUT THERE, RUN WILD ON YOU!”

    1. That was a really good match. Watching it I realized one thing people always criticize Hogan about is his no selling, but in reality he sells pretty well. This match also reminded me that the poison mist is so fucking awesome.
      Still, Hogan vs Slaughter at Wrestlemania is one of the worst matches I’ve ever watched in my life.

  4. Hulk Hogan was my idol back in the day when wrestling was broadcast in these parts. I hope he makes them feel the burn for this.

    As for the sex tape shenanigans, what did you expect? They’re a tabloid. And something like this is the ultimate in piquant tabloid journalism.

    I’m also not surprised they are trying to drag in the second insurance company. It’s probably either that or they run out of money. See, usually people learn not to be idiots early on in life. Gawker is going to learn the long overdue lesson the hard way.

  5. Hulk Hogan’s sex tape made all other sex tapes irrelevant. It needed to be shared with the public, Gawker did a great service for us all. In the future, Hulk Hogan’s sex tape will be the only thing necessary for sex ed classes in High School.

    I will atomic leg drop any of you that say otherwise.

  6. This is great. I hope every single person with a grievance against Gawker decides to pile on. We probably can’t do it by ourselves, but with enough shit going on at the same time, maybe we can bring down Gawker. At the very least this should cause them some serious damage.

  7. If Gawker loses their insurance, they will be a target for every two bit lawyer in the country looking to push a libel claim on them. It would eventually force Gawker to either sell to another media outlet or shut down.

  8. Not a huge fan of Hogan myself. I’ve heard too many stories about his ego and salary demands causing havoc behind the scenes.

    But watching Gawker get taken to the woodshed for their misdeeds is quite delicious.

  9. MACHO MADNESS: SKY’S THE LIMIT!

    …wait this is Hogan isn’t it? SHIT! Oh well, even Hulkamania can indulge in the Macho Madness against Gawker.

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