Hulk Hogan Wins $115M in Sex Tape Lawsuit, Internet Weighs In
Twitter's reaction to the verdict was ... colorful.
When a former professional wrestler takes on a popular gossip site over a sex tape, people take notice.
On Friday, a Florida jury turned in a $115 million verdict against Gawker over its 2012 posting of a Hulk Hogan sex tape. Within seconds of the jury's verdict in favor of Hogan, a flurry of people turned to social media to share their reactions — some of which were a little too colorful to share.
Some tweets were silly.
I bet the #HulkHogan jury initially began their verdict AGAINST him but then Hulk started the whole shaking/holding his finger up thing.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 18, 2016
RIP @Gawker! See ya around the bend— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 18, 2016
Will Terry Bollea play Hulk Hogan in the movie? #hulkvsgawk— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) March 18, 2016
Caught up in celebration, an out of control Hulk Hogan picks up Richard Belzer and chokes him out again. Belzer sues Hogan for $115 million.— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) March 18, 2016
HULK HOGAN JUST BODY SLAMMED GAWKER FOR $115 MILLION DOLLARS!— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) March 18, 2016
$115 million?! Hey @AndyRichter wanna make a video of us doin' sex then try to get Gawker to run that shit?— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) March 19, 2016
Others were animated, literally.
If Gawker really has to come up with $115 million we're in for the biggest clickbait storm of our lives. pic.twitter.com/NbMHEVI93O— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) March 18, 2016
And others weighed in on the journalism at hand.
Wait. Hulk Hogan got $115m bc someone illegally posted a personal tape of his?— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 19, 2016
— John Schindler (@20committee) March 18, 2016
Gawker's First Amendment arguments are ugly, but it does not mean they are wrong. The First Amendment is ugly sometimes.— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) March 18, 2016
Hours before his win was announced, Hogan himself even weighed in on Twitter. "Thank u GOD. HH," he first tweeted early Friday morning, followed six hours later with, "Praying HH."
Thank u GOD. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 18, 2016
Praying HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 18, 2016
Following his victory, the former pro wrestler shared his sentiments with his social media followers: "Thank you God for justice,only love 4Life. HH."
Thank you God for justice,only love 4Life. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 19, 2016