Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million Dollars in Gawker Lawsuit

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Andy Shandy said:
Plus not to mention that by most accounts Hulk Hogan seems to be a racist, politicking piece of shit.
Disco Biscuit said:
It's weird though, because FUCK that racist hot dog, but he still deserves his privacy.
I don't follow wrestling, so I know next to nothing about it. But (and correct me if I'm wrong here; in that case, my point doesn't apply as much in this specific instance, though it's still something you should bear in mind) didn't Hogan spouting that racist stuff come as a surprise to his fans? That is, his actions didn't reflect this bias? Because if so, you really have nothing to complain about. It's peoples actions that make them worthy of praise or condemnation, not their beliefs. If someone believes that members of other races are inferior to their own, but treats them no differently, there's really no problem there. It doesn't reflect well on them, and there's always the chance that their behaviors will change, but that's true of anyone no matter what they believe.


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chadachada123 said:
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It's 115 million dollars compensatory, and the jury wants to award punitive damages on top of that.

Gawker is fucking done. All of their investors are going to jump ship.
The key thing here, that I find truly hilarious, is that Hogan only asked for $100 million total, yet the jury keeps stacking more and more onto the total.
That's because the payment isn't just for Hulk Hogan's economic (loss of income) and non-economic (pain and suffering) damages, but also punitive damages. Meaning the jury want's to punish Gawker for their behaviour. It's often the most misunderstood thing about some big civil lawsuits. Not that the victims deserves the amount given for their suffering, but that the company deserved to lose it for punishment of their actions.
 

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The key thing here, that I find truly hilarious, is that Hogan only asked for $100 million total, yet the jury keeps stacking more and more onto the total.

Something about that trial must have led the jury to believe that Gawker deserves to be ripped to shreds.
Apparently the Gawker editors got on the stand and behaved like smug, condescending douchebags who thought they were the smartest people in the room, and acted like this whole thing was beneath them.

In other words, they followed the standard Gawker M.O.

What a great way to begin a weekend...
 

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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it didn't have something to do with the "We'd release a 4-year old's sextape" statement that got jumbled about between being a joke and actually being serious the more questions that were asked.
Exact quote and source on that.
chadachada123 said:
The key thing here, that I find truly hilarious, is that Hogan only asked for $100 million total, yet the jury keeps stacking more and more onto the total.

Something about that trial must have led the jury to believe that Gawker deserves to be ripped to shreds. I am finding it very difficult to have any sort of sympathy for them.

That it might mean the end of Jezebel and Kotaku is just icing on this incredibly delicious cake.
 

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Well it's quite a large sum of money over this one video and it couldn't have happened to nicer people. Gawker could and should fall into the pit of shame ne'er to return.
 

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Ihateregistering1 said:
chadachada123 said:
The key thing here, that I find truly hilarious, is that Hogan only asked for $100 million total, yet the jury keeps stacking more and more onto the total.

Something about that trial must have led the jury to believe that Gawker deserves to be ripped to shreds.
Apparently the Gawker editors got on the stand and behaved like smug, condescending douchebags who thought they were the smartest people in the room, and acted like this whole thing was beneath them.

In other words, they followed the standard Gawker M.O.

What a great way to begin a weekend...
The worst part of this whole affair is that it made me side with Hulk Hogan. Unless he's in-character and beating the Iron Sheik over the head with a folding chair, I should never have to side with Hulk Hogan on anything.

As terrible a person as real-life Hogan seems to be, he was actually kind of in the right on this one. Thanks Gawker :(
 

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Gawker and their branches have shaped online journalism into an irresponsible, unprofessional, bullying business. I personally have no sympathy for them and the sooner they go bankrupt and leave the business, the sooner professionals can make their mark and online journalism will be able to genuinely replace print, at least in terms of quality. What they posted was essentially revenge porn and they made a follow-up, proudly declaring that when a judge asked them to take thing down, they wouldn't. They brought this on themselves and it's indicative of the kind of business they are.

It's okay; those burgers won't flip themselves.
 

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Gawker still have the right of appeal yet, so I don't think their demise will happen overnight; assuming they loose in the appeals court though, then yeah, it's probably goodnight Vienna. The damages awarded are already, what, about 115x their annual revenue? So yeah.

Not that I have that much love for Hulk Hogan either. As a wrestling fan who follows that quite closely, they're just as bad as each other as far as I can tell.

Give the $115 million to charity, I say.
 

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Gawker is the sewage outflow of the internet. I am ecstatic to see these punks brought low. Whatever you think of Hulk Hogan (I'm indifferent to be honest) a man's privacy was invaded and violated for financial gain. I hope the settlement shuts that parasite of a website down as it adds absolutely nothing worthwhile to society and damages people's lives for clicks.
 

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A real shame if they end up going bankrupt over this. I don't know where else we'll find well written, informative, intellectually stimulating articles of this quality without Gawker. Yep, a real shame.
 

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Musou Tensei said:
Andy Shandy said:
Sucks that good journalists like Patrick Klepek and Jason Schreier...
They are garbage.


This has to be the final nail in Gawker's coffin, I wish it would have been Gamergate, which already cost them a lot of money, but whatever brother.
I'm sure you have some examples of better ones then? But from what I've seen a lot of big scoops - like this one about the PS4.5 [http://kotaku.com/sources-sony-is-working-on-a-ps4-5-1765723053] or this one about no mainline Assassin's Creed this year [http://kotaku.com/sources-next-big-assassins-creed-set-in-egypt-skippin-1750937895] - tend to come from either Klepek or Schreier. So yeah, in response to your video, I am serious.
 

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I'll admit, I frequent kotaku, but that's where my relationship with gawker tends to stay, I know they aren't the best, but have been doing so since the start really, old habits die hard as they say. But I think Gawker are really in the wrong here, I'm not a huge Hulk fan, from what I hear he's a jerk, but that doesn't mean he deserved what they did.


Not sure if I agree with said image, but I think I see the point the person was making.
 

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Internet without gawker is a better Internet in my opinion also fun fact apparently they going to pay even more money
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chadachada123 said:
The key thing here, that I find truly hilarious, is that Hogan only asked for $100 million total, yet the jury keeps stacking more and more onto the total.

Something about that trial must have led the jury to believe that Gawker deserves to be ripped to shreds. I am finding it very difficult to have any sort of sympathy for them.

That it might mean the end of Jezebel and Kotaku is just icing on this incredibly delicious cake.
I don't understand how they could pissed off the jury statements like this.

The Gawker editor in chief said he would draw the line at a sex tape of a four year old
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/115-million-verdict-in-hulk-hogan-sex-tape-lawsuit-could-wipe-out-gawker/

I don't understand how the jury could take that the wrong way
 

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Recusant said:
Andy Shandy said:
Plus not to mention that by most accounts Hulk Hogan seems to be a racist, politicking piece of shit.
Disco Biscuit said:
It's weird though, because FUCK that racist hot dog, but he still deserves his privacy.
I don't follow wrestling, so I know next to nothing about it. But (and correct me if I'm wrong here; in that case, my point doesn't apply as much in this specific instance, though it's still something you should bear in mind) didn't Hogan spouting that racist stuff come as a surprise to his fans? That is, his actions didn't reflect this bias? Because if so, you really have nothing to complain about. It's peoples actions that make them worthy of praise or condemnation, not their beliefs. If someone believes that members of other races are inferior to their own, but treats them no differently, there's really no problem there. It doesn't reflect well on them, and there's always the chance that their behaviors will change, but that's true of anyone no matter what they believe.


Judge deeds, not thoughts. Condemning someone for being "racist" is no different from condemning someone for being "Jewish".
Nah man didn't you know? Nowadays you gotta punish people for thinking the wrong thing.

Either have those nice thoughts or get fucked.
 

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Ooooh yeah brother, you better believe the Hulkster just leg dropped these pencil pushin dweebs, and they aint getting back up!

U-S-A! U-S-A!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKM1AAzeRCg

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In all seriousness though, I hope this sinks Gawker and marks a turning point for all these junkfeed tabloids. While the release of the sex tape was a particularly egregious offense, given Gawker's conduct during this whole affair I doubt it's their first, or that they're the only ones guilty of this behavior.
 

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MarsAtlas said:
Gawker is filling a hole in the market. I'm not saying their actions are morally justifiable, I'm just pointing out that it exists because of shit people and even if Gawker goes down something else will take its place.
Well, I'm sure trafficking organs is also a hole in the market. Thing is, if the appeal court confirms this, they're bankrupt, and this will serve as a warning to any future wannabe crap-media: there are limits you'd better not breach, otherwise you risk being out of business in a hard bad way.

Alas, it will take far more than that to get rid of clickbait press. There seems to be some part of the human brain that's wired to like the stuff.
 

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It's not entirely relevant to Gamergate, but it's nice to see that SOME of the abundant, downplayed ethical breeches in (so-called) journalistic websites being torn a new asshole in court.