When the cancel culture clowns failed to take down Joe Rogan for spreading “COVID misinformation,” these people just would not stop. A decidedly un-patriotic organization known as “PatriotTakes,” whose mission is to “research, monitor and expose the extremism and radicalization of the far right across the darkest parts of the Internet,” apparently combed through the entire archives of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast dating all the way back to 2009. They created this 29-second video of Joe Rogan saying the N-word, which is apparently what they thought would be the best way to get Rogan cancelled.
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
This second attack on Joe Rogan did not succeed in getting many artists of note to pull their music from Spotify. Rogan, for his part, delivered an almost 6-minute apology video on his Instagram. Rogan had this to say in his defense:
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. 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.
Spotify became the center of the controversy surrounding Rogan because they have an exclusive licensing deal for Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. The left’s goal was always to get Rogan de-platformed for hosting guests who offered an alternative to the left’s crumbling narrative surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and how best to prevent and treat the disease. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says that Joe Rogan isn’t going anywhere, though. In a letter sent to Spotify employees obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Ek had this to say:
While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer. We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.
Some fans of The Joe Rogan Experience are hoping Rogan will transfer to another platform, though, where his commentary and that of his guests won’t be restricted by the speech police. Rumble, a site which bills itself as a free speech video-hosting site and alternative to YouTube, offered Joe Rogan a 4-year $100 million dollar deal of their own in order to obtain the immensely popular podcast.
The letter from Rumble’s CEO Chris Pavlovski reads:
Dear Joe, We stand with you, your guests, and your legion of fans in desire for real conversation. So we’d like to offer you 100 million reasons to make the world a better place.
How about you bring all your shows to Rumble, both old and new, with no censorship, for 100 million bucks over four years?
This is our last chance to save the world. And yes, this is totally legit.
Rumble then took the letter and tweeted it out for the world to see.
— Rumble – 🏴☠️ $RUM (@rumblevideo) February 7, 2022
What do you think? Will The Joe Rogan Experience move to a new platform? Will his listeners pressure Rogan to take the deal?
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