Joe Rogan apologized Saturday after footage emerged of him saying the N-word over the years on his popular podcast.
Liberal activists are responding with even more clips in an attempt to take down Rogan.
In his apology, delivered via Instagram video, Rogan called the controversy over the compilation video “the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”
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
Rogan said the montage drew from “12 years of conversations” on his show, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” and that it looked “horrible, even to me.”
- But, he noted, the clips were taken out of context.
HOW PEOPLE REACTED
Although Rogan’s apology was widely deemed good, few of his critics or supporters were impressed.
Calls for Spotify to remove “The Joe Rogan Experience” from its platform only amplified, with the focus shifting from Rogans’ promotion of COVID-19 “misinformation” to his supposed racism.
"It seems untenable to have that kind of video surface, and that kind of compilation surface, and keep one’s job" pic.twitter.com/rSyAV8f1dN
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 6, 2022
PatriotTakes, the liberal group that put together the compilation video and other clips, tweeted more footage of Rogan saying the racial slur while defending its use in a descriptive context.
Just making sure we get more context…
After Joe Rogan egged his guest on to say the N-word, he then said it, and the two talked about how “marginalized group” members are allowed to use it.
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) February 6, 2022
Another Twitter commentator resurfaced footage of Rogan saying the word during a 2006 stand-up special.
Joe Rogan uses the n-word in a "joke" from his stand-up special in 2006 pic.twitter.com/QQ7YJUAG6I
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) February 7, 2022
On the other hand, conservatives, like writer Pedro Gonzalez, said Rogan’s apology showed he fundamentally misunderstood his critics’ intent: to destroy him by whatever means necessary.
Joe Rogan should never have apologized for anything. The attacks only got more intense after he did, because this is about power. https://t.co/a1CkcTPSAL
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) February 7, 2022
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh was among those who argued the censorious left had given away the game with its shifting justifications for silencing Rogan and its selective enforcement of norms.
Yes for thirty years Howard Stern daily said things that were far more offensive than any Rogan episode. No Stern won’t be canceled. No it’s not a double standard. There’s one standard and it’s clear: If you’re useful to the Left you can stick around. If not, off with your head.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 7, 2022
Economist Glenn Loury and linguist John McWhorter expressed disgust at what they viewed the liberal activists’ performative victimhood.
Part 2 re. Joe Rogan & his spoken N-word references: @JohnHMcWhorter calls these hysterically enacted pretenses of injury from the usual suspects "performed delicacy." I'm less kind: wailing at merely hearing the word 'nigger' regardless of context is a pathetic sign of weakness pic.twitter.com/gMuI6LcfI8
— Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) February 7, 2022
Spotify, which recently bought exclusive rights to “The Joe Rogan Experience,” its most popular podcast, indicated Sunday that it would still not be “silencing Joe.”
- But Rumble, a right-leaning video platform, on Sunday offered Rogan $100 million to switch teams.