May 11th, 2008 07:49 EST
Nick Bollea, Son of Hulk Hogan, Sentenced To 8 Months In Jail
"Nick Bollea, the 17-year-old son of former wrestling star Hulk Hogan, is to spend eight months in jail for his role in a car crash, a Florida judge has ruled."
Pinellas County Circuit Judge Philip Federico ruled that Bollea will serve eight months in the county jail and five years probation, after Bollea pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times said Saturday.
The charge was from an Aug. 26, 2007, crash in Clearwater, Fla., when Bollea lost control of his car and crashed into a palm tree. His passenger at the time, John Graziano, suffered critical injuries in the accident and had to have a large part of his skull removed due to a brain injury." Quotation from UPI
Fame, regardless how it is obtained, is the commodity that our society values the most. Fame trumps integrity, achievement and even money; many individuals are willing to lose their integrity, denounce their achievements and spend millions to become famous.
Celebrities, even those who are famous only for being famous, don't have to abide by social norms or obey the laws of the land. Notoriety is their "get out of jail free" card; celebs look down or mere mortals who are bound by the immutable law of sowing and reaping.
Nick Bollea barely qualifies as a celebrity by virtue of being the son of a man who at one time was a mega-star, and because of his role in the reality series featuring the Hogan family.
The reality show "Hogan Knows Best" bears no resemblance to "Father Knows Best". Hulk Hogan is more clueless than Homer Simpson, and he doesn't possess any of Homer's endearing Everyman qualities.
A celebrity who stars in a "reality show" is in a surfeit of unreality, no wonder Nick is such a mixed-up kid. There is nothing real about a reality show; the producers prod the characters to act outlandishly.
Let's hope that Nick will get a dose of real reality behind bars, maybe it will sink it that when you drive a sport scar at unreal speeds the results can be devastating.