For many Twitter trolls and late night talk show hosts, the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media lawsuit was nothing more than comedy fodder. After all, it pitted one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars against an internet publishing company over something as salacious as a sex tape of the Hulkster himself. The jokes literally wrote themself.
But behind the puns and one-liners, there were some serious stakes. The tape caused Hogan to lose his job with the WWE, and he sued Gawker for $100 million. It quickly became a much bigger debate about privacy, the freedom of press, and the first amendment. And that’s before it was revealed that the entire lawsuit was being funded by a silicon valley billionaire who was holding a decade-old grudge against Gawker for publicly outing him as gay.
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press is a gripping documentary about the trial, the outcome, and what it might mean for the future of free speech in America. It will hit Netflix on June 23, after the streaming services bought the rights to the movie at the Sundance Film Festival.