Lawyers for Gawker filed a motion to have the Florida jury award of $140 million to Hulk Hogan reduced by about 99%. Or roughly all if you’re into rounding. Attorneys for Gawker used a bunch of fancy words to call the jury members idiotic and emotionally punishing to the tune of an award ten times greater than has ever been awarded before in similar cases. Also, everyone kind of acknowledges that fucking your friend’s wife is gross and you deserve at least herpes. Legal pundits think there will be a smaller than a shit ton of money settlement worked out that Gawker can reasonably meet and Hogan can use to pay hookers to lube him up with essential oils for the remainder of his days.
Gawker originally posted the Hogan grainy bump and grind video for the same reason DailyMail posts no less than seventeen horrific child rape crime stories per fortnight. They want eyeballs and they don’t give a fuck why they came. One-percent of beer drinkers choose non-alcoholic. That’s not the market to target if you want to own an NFL team and several Senators. Lowest common denominator isn’t a criticism, it’s a business model. Pay sobbing Hulk and move on to the next violation. Rape doesn’t have to be nonconsensual.
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