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Popular podcaster Joe Rogan has voluntarily removed 113 episodes of his podcast from Spotify and issued a lengthy apology for his transgressions against the “woke.” These transgressions include having over the years used the n-word dozens of times.
In a video published to his Instagram on Saturday, Rogan described his use of the n-word as the “most regretful and shameful thing” he’s ever “had to talk about publicly,” though he did at least try to offer some missing context.
“I know that to most people, there’s 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,” he said.
“But for a long time when I would bring that word up, like if it would come up in conversation, 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.”
It appears he was wrong.
Listen to his apology below:
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“It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use. 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–ked up, and I clearly have f–cked up,” Rogan added.
He also addressed a clip of him describing a predominantly black neighorhood in Philadelphia as the “Planet of the Apes.”
“I was trying to make the story entertaining. I did not, nor did I ever say that black people are apes, but it sure f–king sounded like that. It wasn’t a racist story, but it sounded terrible,” he said.
The n-word controversy erupted after r&b singer India Arie, a woman who some say bears an uncanny resemblance to left-wing hatemonger Joy Reid, published an Instagram Story on Friday featuring a mashup video of Rogan saying the n-word.
“It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast. It’s all smushed together and it looks f–king horrible, even to me,” Rogan said of the mash-up in his apology Saturday.
Below is the compilation (*Language warning):
After removing her music from @Spotify, @indiaarie has doubled down on her decision alongside clips of @joerogan using racist language: “They take this money from music streaming and pay this guy $100million and pay us .003% of a penny [per stream]? Just take me off!”
TW: n-word pic.twitter.com/wvzqh4OnB0
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 3, 2022
Rogan’s apology came hours after episodes of his podcast began mysteriously disappearing from Spotify, leading some to claim the platform was censoring him.
(As of Sunday morning, 113 episodes were missing, according to the tracking website JREMissing.com.)
But word from Bloomberg emerged soon after that Rogan had personally authorized the removal of the episodes.
“Spotify Technology SA took down dozens of episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience, according to a person familiar with the matter, and it was Rogan’s choice to pull them after conversations with the company. All of the episodes were recorded before Rogan signed his deal with Spotify,” the outlet reported Saturday afternoon.
Not surprisingly, Rogan’s apology has done nothing to stop the tide of left-wing hate being directed his way. If anything, it appears his apology has only made his “woke” detractors that much hungrier for blood.
Case in point:
Joe Rogan video compilation of him using the N-word, referring to a black neighborhood as “planet of the apes,” and his apology video where he admits everything.
— 🇺🇸 John Anthony Castro (@realJohnACastro) February 5, 2022
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for his part believes that the “woke” don’t even care about Rogan’s use of the n-word — that their attacks on him are and have always been strictly politically motivated.
The evidence suggests he may be right. This evidence consists of an endless series of videos showing popular left-wing figures, including the current president of the United States, also using the n-word.
Nobody targeting Joe Rogan right now gives two damns about anything he’s said in the past. This is all just an opportunity for activists to destroy a guy who doesn’t carry water for those with institutional power, and whose audience dwarfs their own. It is that simple.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 6, 2022
Joe Rogan quotes others using a bad word and it’s a mob after him.
Joe Biden quoting the n bomb and he gets 81,000,000 votes!
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 5, 2022
Ok so if context doesn’t matter at all and when “misinformation” didn’t work to deplatform Joe Rogan so they resort to “he’s racist,” surely… surely the standards will apply equally on the usage of the N-word, correct?
— Melissa Chen (@MsMelChen) February 5, 2022
— that guy (@just4fun1515) June 6, 2021
Stern got away with saying he was ‘out of his mind’ 27 yrs ago doing blackface. He gave a rambling non apology. #JimmyKimmel hero #HowardStern lied to Sunny Hostin on #TheView about never using the n-word.
His M.O. is to play audio of others saying it so he can say it.
— jon w (@jonwins) June 23, 2020
— AMC 🦍 Gang (@cueanom) February 6, 2022
Just CNNer Phil Mudd shouting the N-word and other racial slurs on-air https://t.co/wf953kabhk
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) February 6, 2022
“He doesn’t suck ni–er c–k,” virulently pro-vaccine Hollywood figure Howard Stern, a hero to the modern left, says in one of the videos.
It’s as if the outrage only flows in one direction.
And indeed, this, according to popular podcast Tim Pool and others, is why apologizing to the “woke” mob “does not work” — ever.
So now people are saying Rogan’s apology is racist itself because he called it entertaining to refer to black neighborhoods as planet of the apes
Apologizing does not work with these people
It’s just getting worse
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) February 5, 2022
Rogan caving won’t help or save him.
He’s ceded now twice, apologized, and deleted 71 episodes
Joe is making everything worse
The left will now push twice as hard and use this as proof.
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) February 5, 2022
Never cave to the mob… never apologize… never give them a single inch. They couldn’t care less about your apology, it will never be forgiven and they will just double down attacking you once you bend the knee.
They use your apologies as an unforgivable admission of guilt.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2022
Never apologize to the mob. Ever. Not for anything. Not at all. Don’t grovel to them. Laugh at them instead. Spit in their face. It’s the only way. Someone in Rogan’s orbit needs to tell him this. The more he apologizes, the more they come for him.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 5, 2022
Never apologize to the cancel culture mob, @joerogan. They don’t want your apology. They want your soul.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 5, 2022
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) February 5, 2022
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