Opinion: CBC Friends mock Hulk Hogan by Kris Sims
Dec 15, 2011
The CBC's booster club is mocking Hulk Hogan on Twitter.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, using their fake-wrestling-promoter persona, tweeted at the world's most famous wrestler Thursday, mimicking his inspirational gusto but making it sound stupid.
"I'm feeling greater than yesterday, but yesterday I felt half as good as I did two days before that. What should I do Hulkster?" asks the user Lance Fury, the pretend American wrestling promoter.
Hogan is a frequent user of Twitter, often encouraging fans to overcome addictions, pray for troops and cherish their families.
Hogan has not replied. But this writer did.
"Mr. 'Fury,' if you start mocking Hulk Hogan, you might suddenly learn that many Canadians watch and love wrestling," I cautioned on the social media site.
The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting replied to my tweet.
"It's great that Canuckians love wrestling! Wrestling as you know is in my blood. So too is Mercury poison," they wrote.
This recent jab comes weeks after launching their campaign to "save the CBC" by warning of their worst-case scenario - the state broadcaster being sold to an American wrestling promoter and staffed by wrestlers and ring girls, all of whom are portrayed as having sub-par intelligence.
That didn't sit well with wrestling legend and well-known Canadian Bret "The Hit Man" Hart, who said professional wrestling was built by many Canadians, including his family.
"(Wrestlers) are always portrayed as imbeciles, dimwits with no brains at all, and that's a disappointment, because (there are) a lot of us out there - like Jesse Ventura, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and myself - who are quite well-read, intelligent people," the Hitman told QMI Agency then.
"We are some of the hardest-working actors and athletes in the world. Nobody has a schedule like wrestlers. And with CBC, someone like Vince McMahon might be the answer to their prayers - they might start making some money."
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, could not be reached for comment.