Hulk Hogan: Public Intellectual?
Hulk did unequiovocally discuss how wrestling is a scripted event and discussed himself as an actor as much as a wrestler. I don't like to insult pro wrestling: those guys are good actors and know how to make a spectacle that appeals to their fans. And yes, people do get hurt in it. Brandon Lee died while shooting a movie, but no one argues that those aren't blanks in the guns. Mick Foley (Mankind, Dude Love, etc.) pointed out in his book that wrestling is fake, but so is life.
One could argue, of course, that wrestling's good/evil script is banal and silly, but that's one's own opinion. What is entertaining to someone is entertaining. Someone can be snobbish and turn their nose up, discussing "high" culture, but everyone seems to have a different idea about what that means. Aesthetic judgments are subjective: "high culture" is in the eye of the beholder. I think that someone can be reasonable describing failure to meet the vision of the project: in German terms, the teknkik. But to attack the geist using some kind of intellectual framework is laughable.