If you spend any amount of time online, chances are you're familiar with the unfortunate case of Gawker versus Hulk Hogan. Back in 2012, the former gossip blog published a post containing a snippet of a surreptitiously-acquired sex tape featuring the wrestler, a decision which ultimately led to the crumbling of Nick Denton's web empire. That's the gist, but the facts of the case aren't as black-and-white as that description may imply.
Brian Knappenberger's documentary about the case - Nobody Speak: Trials Of The Free Press - debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is now due to hit Netflix later this month. The first trailer arrived this morning, and...man, this thing looks great.
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As you can see, there's plenty to chew on in this case, some of which may have reverberations on the press for years to come. This thing looks nothing short of incendiary, and - unlike Hulk Hogan's actual sex tape - we can't wait to get a look at it.
Here's an official plot synopsis, via The Playlist:
"When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high-stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on its site and the furious billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them.
The Florida trial happened against the backdrop of a contentious election. Thiel’s battle with Gawker, along with Sheldon Adelson’s secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review–Journal and President Trump’s treatment of journalists, portend a sinister trend threatening a free press and has brought to light a potential threat to democracy. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?"
First of all, that's an exceptionally lengthy plot synopsis, Netflix. Secondly, all of this strikes us as fascinating, and we'll be tuning in the moment Nobody Speak: Trials Of The Free Press hits Netflix on June 23rd. How about you folks?