Hogan, Hero?

On Friday, a jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115 million in damages after Gawker published a video of Hogan having sex with a friend’s wife. (The video, which was taken with a hidden camera, represents the first time Hogan performed with a co-star who wasn’t faking it.) As Vox points out in this handy explainer on the case, “In addition to arguing that Hogan exempts himself from some privacy expectations by virtue of the fact that he’s a celebrity, Gawker makes the case that posting the video of him and Heather Clem ultimately served the public’s interest.” It is absurd to suggest that publishing a sex tape benefits some greater good. (At least unless the participants were a lot hotter.)

+ From the NYT: “In many ways, the Gawker that posted the video — an aggressive and unpredictable news and gossip site — has already passed into memory. So, too, has an era of the web in which Gawker thrived.” I don’t know if that’s true. But I do know it’s dangerous and reckless to use arguments about the first amendment and the public’s interest to justify posting this crap.

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