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If you’ve been on any website or social media account in the past few weeks, chances are that you’ve heard about the Joe Rogan-Spotify situation. A few weeks ago, controversy ensued once people realized Rogan’s podcast — which is one of the top-performing podcasts on the platform — was spreading misinformation about details on the COVID-19 virus. But Rogan is in even hotter water since it came out how many times he’s said derogatory words and racial slurs on his podcast — specifically, his liberal use of the n-word across many, many episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience.
On Jan 24, performers like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell decided to leave Spotify when they realized Spotify was okay with podcasts like Rogan’s spreading misinformation on COVID-19. But the story exploded even more once Grammy-winning singer India.Arie said that she was pulling her music from Spotify because Rogan constantly dropped the n-word on his podcast for over a decade, uploading a compilation of times Rogan said the word. You can see the clips HERE.
Since the compilation was uploaded, over 100 of Rogan’s episodes on Spotify have been pulled and he posted an apology, according to NY Post. Rogan responded by saying, “It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smooshed together, and it looks fucking horrible, even to me.”
Many Rogan fans are going with that excuse — that these quotes were “out of context.” So, in the interest of addressing that argument, we’ve compiled a brief list of examples of Rogan saying the n-word, with all that very important context intact. Please, peruse the following in-context examples of Rogan dropping racial slurs — because from where we’re standing, the context doesn’t make any difference at all.
Episode #1197 With Michael Malice
In episode #1197, Joe Rogan sat down with The New Right author Michael Malice talking about the power of words and how you can’t use certain words.
Rogan recounts the story of his friend Tom Segura on his Netflix special saying how “people can’t use the word ‘r*****ed’ anymore.” He added, “It’s in no way endorsing using that word. But the fact that he uttered it out loud. What this guy was saying was. ‘This is the same thing as someone uttering the n-word out loud.’ But he didn’t say the ‘n-word.’ He said ‘N****r’ and because he said that, they fired him from Netflix.”
(What’s funny is that in the same episode he even says “N-word,” but thought to say the actual word too.)
Then Malice added in response to Netflix’s decision, “That’s a r*****ed decision.”
You can watch the video HERE, and skip to 40:20 if need be.
Episode #255 With Duncan Trussell
Back in Aug. 2012, Joe Rogan had actor Duncan Trussell on his podcast. Like with every episode, they talked about a plethora of subjects, but the one that led to Rogan saying the n-word was a bit of an out-there conversation starter.
Well, Trussell talked about the concept of the possibility of certain thoughts overtaking someone, telling Rogan that a colleague told him “ideas were alive” and asking if there were certain ideas that someone can implant into your head, just like being possessed. This led to Rogan recounting the following story.
“I had a friend who had a nervous breakdown while he was hosting a show. There was a Black gentleman who was the actor, a very famous guy and as he’s warming up the crowd Brody Stevens style, he gets this thought in his head that he can’t get out. And the thought is, “Don’t say n****r, don’t say n****r. Whatever you do, don’t say it.” He added, “He would never say it, he’s not racist by any stretch of the imagination. It was just madness.”
This episode is still available on Spotify, you can listen HERE for yourself. (Timestamp: 1:06:40).
Episode #674 With Brian Redban
In the clips India.Arie posted, we see Joe Rogan and frequent guest Brian Redban drop the n-word multiple times. One instance includes episode #674 with Redban, in which a discussion about UFC and Michael Jordan leads to Rogan using the racial slur.
They were talking about how they hate when people compare other athletes to legends, therefore stripping the compared athlete of their own greatness and identity. For example, they were talking about Travis Lutter, a retired MMA fighter who people would frequently call the “Michael Jordan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.” Rogan and Redban said how much they hated when people did that, thus leading Rogan to say “When anybody says [something like that], it’s like our version of n****r… get your own f***ing insult.”
You can listen to the entire podcast, and hear the offensive moment at 38:00 HERE.
Episode #1025 With Greg Fitzsimmons
So, the most talked about instances of Joe Rogan using the n-word on his podcast was when he repeatedly said it on episode #1025 co-starring white comedian Greg Fitzsimmons. Despite the episode getting deleted in the sweep, a Twitter account named Patriot Takes reuploaded many clips of Rogan saying the n-word and the conversation around it. You can see the thread HERE.
The clips show Rogan urging Fitzsimmons to say the N-word: “Don’t you think that by not saying it, it becomes this ridiculously charged magic word?” Rogan goads him on. “You’re not a racist. Like, why are words magic?”
Once Fitzsimmons says it, Rogan cackles with delight. Along with that, they complain about the idea that even saying “the n-word” might become controversial too: “How long is it going to be before you’re not allowed to say ‘the N-word?’…because it’s coming, just like hoop earrings and braids and dreadlocks are getting people in trouble.”
Episode #710 With Gavin McInnes
Within the first twelve minutes of episode #710 with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, Joe Rogan drops the n-word.
Here’s the context: Rogan and McInnes are talking about Jujitsu and the dangers surrounding it, even saying how it ruined Rogan’s back. But Rogan compares the sport to “the most advanced version of chess,” followed by McInnes saying, “Everyone says that about every sport.”
Rogan responds by saying, “I know it’s like everybody says that…people say, that’s our version of the word ‘n****r.’ They always like to do that, that expression. Gay people like to say that, with the word ‘f****t.’ I’ve heard that with ‘t****y.'”
You can check out the episode HERE, and go to the 11-minute mark.
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