Joe Rogan apologizes for using N-Word after old videos surface

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In recent weeks, the spotlight has been steered on Joe Rogan, animator of the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify, only got brighter and hotter. After receiving a storm criticism for promoting covid-19 vaccine misinformation on his podcast, all eyes are on Rogan again after videos of him repeatedly using the n-word over the years and comparing a black neighborhood he was in at Planet of the Apes surfaced online.

On Saturday, Rogan offered his “sincere and humble apologies” for his use of the n-word on Instagram and said the video mashup making the rounds online had been taken out of context. Even so, he added, “it looks awful, even to me.” The video was one of two shared earlier this week by black musician India.Arie, one of the latest artists to leave Spotify in protest against Rogan following the departure of Neil Young, Joni Mitchelland others.

“I know for most people there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, without speaking publicly on a podcast, and I’m okay with that now,” Rogan said. in his nearly six-minute speech. Instagram post. “I haven’t said it in years, but for a long time, when I would bring up that word, like it would come up in a conversation, instead of saying ‘the n-word’, I was just saying the word.”

The podcast host went on to provide a long list of examples of when he had used the n-word. For example, in one of the clips included in the mashup video shared by India.Arie, Rogan explained that he and his guests talked about how black comedian and actor Redd Foxx would use television. Another time he said he was referring to how Richard Pryor, also a black comedian and actor, used the n-word as the title of one of his albums.

One of the most bizarre explanations Rogan data for the use of the word n ​​in the past was when he said he analyzed it because it was a “very unusual word.”

“[T]there is not another word like this in the entire English language because it is a word that only one group of people are allowed to use, and they can use it in so many ways ” Rogan said. “As if a white person says this word is racist and toxic, but a black person can use and this can be a striking line, this can be a term of endearment, this can be the words of a rap song, it can be a positive affirmation. this is a very unusual word, but it is not my word to use, I am aware now.

In the other video, Rogan tells a story on his podcast about going to see Planet of the Apes in Philadelphia with two friends. According to the podcast host, they were dropped off by a taxi in an all-black neighborhood. In an attempt to “make the story entertaining”, Rogan said the following:

“We went out, and it was like we were in Africa, like we were in Planet of the Apes.”

Rogan explained on Saturday that he then deleted the episode from the podcast and that was a silly thing to say. He wasn’t trying to be racist, he argued, he was just trying to be entertaining.

India.Arie, the artist who posted the videos, said Rogan shouldn’t use the n-word at all. While some artists left Spotify due to Rogan’s promotion of covid-19 misinformation, she explained that she was leaving for a variety of reasons, including the podcast host’s language when referring to the Black.

“He shouldn’t even say the word. Don’t even say it in any context. Don’t tell. This is where I stand. It’s my right to stay here. I have always stood there”, India.Arie said on Instagram.

Additionally, the musician pointed to the streaming platform’s low royalty payment rates for artists, especially musicians and podcasters of color, as the reason for her departure. She also said she didn’t want the money generated from her music to be used to invest in Rogan, to which Spotify reportedly paid more than $100 million for the exclusive rights to her podcast.

The streaming platform has come under scrutiny for its misinformation policies and support for Rogan in recent weeks. The controversy has prompted a wave of people to cancel their Spotify subscriptions, although it’s hard to say how many. On Friday, Spotify quietly deleted 70 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience of its platform but has not publicly explained why.

Gizmodo reached out to Spotify on Saturday asking for comment on Rogan’s apology, but did not hear back at press time. We’ll be sure to update this article if anyone responds.

“It took a Neil Young to open the door for someone like me, but I walked through it because I’ve stood in front of that door for a long time,” India.Arie said. “What if we all go [Spotify]? Then we can start having a conversation. We can go from a conversation to a negotiation.

John C. Dent