[P]ro-wrestling legend [Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea)] comes across as something of a mental patient, claiming that he is constantly engaging in elaborate identity switches between the "character" Hogan and the private citizen Bollea—and that the press should respect his privacy whenever he feels like it.
You mean like when the Silent T writers adopt fake personae to comment after their own essay at the Silent T?
Or when they maintain numerous sock puppets around the internet, to provoke, taunt, denigrate or put down others who don't share the puppeteer's peculiar solipsist cosmotarian Free Weed and Free Gay Sex Club Memberships! views?
Has Gillespie lost sight of the fact that all of pro wrestling is about fakery, and blurring the lines between what appears and what is?
What's next? Gillespie is going to complain about the "drugginess" of Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf, or the "cynicism" of George Carlin?
I guess this is Nick, trying for ironical humor.
But failing, as always.
If Hogan is Bollea's creation, I think it's up to Bollea to say when a public act is in character. Man, I'd hate to see Gillespie tackling the issue of Andy Kaufman's various personalities and where Andy began and, for example, Latka Gravas began. Doesn't Nick ever get outside the bubble he lives in? Doesn't he realize that average entertainment consumers frequently confuse the actor and the part played? Is Nick Gillespie serious when he writes idiotic things, or is that "Nick Gillespie, reason.com columnist, whose work has no bearing on the opinions of Nick Gillespie, Male Feminist-Metrosexual Bernie Sanders Fan" wrote it? Will that be his defense when the Silent T is sued for some idiocy Nick wrote?