Spotify has taken down 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” in which the host uses the n-word (with a very strong “ER” at the end, might I add), now he’s offering an apology whilst simultaneously trying to justify his “reasonings” for using it.
Joe Rogan is ready to apologize. Early on Saturday, February 5th, the 54-year-old shared a nearly 6-minute-long video to his Instagram feed, apologizing for his frequent use of the n-word throughout his career.
The Joe Rogan Experience host is no stranger to controversy. As you may already know, he’s been the centre of media attention lately as a handful of artists have pledged to remove their streaming catalogues from Spotify, which continues to back the entertainer and his online show, despite the questionable comments he’s made about the COVID-19 vaccine, among other things.
As those opposing the New Jersey native continue to work to raise awareness about the problematic content he’s put out in the past, a lengthy video of him repeatedly using the n-word in various episodes has surfaced online, causing more people to turn against Rogan.
Subsequently, Spotify began removing episodes in which the former Fear Factor host uses the racial slur, with the total that’s been taken down racking up to 70 at the time of publication. In light of his interviews disappearing, Rogan has addressed his wrongdoings to his 14.4 million followers.
“It looks f*cking horrible, even to me,” he admitted. “I know that to most people, there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now.”
CW: Multiple clips of Joe Rogan saying the N-word.
This is who the right is defending. pic.twitter.com/qqaB12dFYz
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) January 30, 2022
“Now, I haven’t said it in years, but for a long time, when I would bring that word up, like, if it would come up in conversation and instead of saying the n-word, I would just say the word – I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing,” he explained.
Rogan described the n-word as a “very unusual” one, but recognized that it’s “not [his] word to use.” He added, “I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist, but whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say ‘I’m not racist,’ you’ve f*cked up, and I clearly have f*cked up.”
So far, it seems the masses aren’t impressed with Joe Rogan’s apology. Check out some of responses below, and let us know how you feel about the video in the comments. Y’all forgiving this man?
— Sir` | LicksAlot | Kingxkaz (@KING__KaZz) February 5, 2022
This apology is meaningless. Joe Rogan is 54 years old. He understood the social implications of that word then, and he used it for shock value. He didn't just "learn" it's wrong now. And even in his apology, he's still peddling the "they say it, why can't I argument?" GTFOH! pic.twitter.com/uTzpJZfuM7
— M I C H A E L 🎬 (@MJL_Uncensored) February 5, 2022
@joerogan there is no direct or indirect correlation between planet of the apes and the Black Community.
So your apology for linking these two things together and saying it was cool being dropped off in a all Black Neighborhood to watch planet of the apes only sounds worse now
— James Scott lives on land stolen from Muscogee N (@Jscott1145) February 5, 2022
His apology attempts to justify it via multiple means. It's clear he doesn't get it, let alone think it's truly an issue, nothing will change.
— MobsCanParry (@MobsCanParry) February 5, 2022
actually he said none of that he said he hopes "others" learn from that and he smirked the entire time
— Alex 🌹 (@alexlamerato) February 5, 2022