Podcast host Joe Rogan warned in a recent interview of giving in too much to the demands of ‘woke’ culture.
The host was responding to scrutiny he’s received since penning a $100 million deal last May with Spotify for exclusive rights to his show, which draws around 11 million listeners to each episode – far outstripping the audiences of live TV hosts on both sides of the political aisle.
He’s taken criticism for comments he’s made about transgender issues and race-related topics and most recently about vaccines – but he says he’s not going to bend to the thought police.
‘If you keep going further and further down the line and if you get the point where you capitulate where you agree to all these demands, it’ll eventually get to straight white men are not allowed to talk,’ Rogan told guest host Joe List.
Popular podcaster Joe Rogan warned of the dangers of giving in too much to woke culture in the May 13 episode (pictured above) of his show The Joe Rogan Experience
‘I’m not joking. It really will get there,’ he said. ‘It’s that crazy.’
Rogan did not dismiss those seeking greater representation, noting that ‘people of color have been silenced throughout history.’
But he accused woke warriors of not always being sincere.
Rogan made his comments to guest host Joe List. Rogan has hosted a variety of figures on his show, which is the most popular podcast on the streaming service Spotify
He said he believed the demands of the ‘woke’ could become endless, and warned of those manipulating the conversation around race and privilege.
‘There’s a lot of people who are taking advantage of this weirdness in this culture, and that becomes their thing,’ he said on his show last week.
‘Their thing is calling people out for their privilege, calling people out for their position.’
Ultimately, Rogan said it was an issue of mutual respect.
‘We just gotta be nice to each other man,’ he said.
The comments elicited a mixture of opinions on social media.
Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren tweeted, ‘Well @JoeRogan is right, it’s open season on straight white men and y’all need to stop bowing to the mob. Stop apologizing for being straight white men!’
Paul Joseph Watson of the Spectator wrote in agreement: ‘Podcast giant Joe Rogan has warned that the logical conclusion of ‘woke’ cancel culture is that all straight white men will be forbidden from talking or even leaving their own houses.’
Rogan’s comments elicited a mixed reaction on social media, with some high-profile commentators voicing their support
‘I see a lot of non straight white males angry about this,’ Mike Loftus tweeted in response reactions about Rogan’s comment
‘If you’re not a straight white male then you have no first hand experience of what he’s saying. Maybe you’re the exact ‘woke mob’ he is talking about.’
Also responding to reaction to the episode Marc Gaumont tweeted, ‘By the whole internet blowing up about this, does this not prove his point? In the next week there will be a canceljoe hashtag lol.’
Others were more critical of the popular podcast host.
‘Joe Rogan says that if the Woke Mob wins, straight white men won’t be allowed to talk. Straight white men – victims since… [checks every history book] absolutely never,’ tweeted user JRehling.
Rogan has been known for his outspokenness on a variety of issues.
The former Fear Factor host, for example, said on an April episode of The Joe Rogan Experience – that young adults should not get the coronavirus vaccine.
Rogan has earned an enormous following – and fortune – in part for being unafraid to share controversial views on topics like politics, transgender rights, and COVID-19
His podcasts, previously mainstays at the top of the Apple podcast charts, have disappeared from the platform, but he is now easily the most popular podcast host on Spotify.
In a previous statement when Rogan has drawn controversy before, the company has said it was important to have ‘diverse voices’ on its platform.
Rogan cultivated an enormous following for his longform, free-flowing interview style on The Joe Rogan Experience, with episodes often lasting more than three hours.
He is also a stand-up comedian and MMA commentator.
He’s smoked marijuana with Elon Musk on-air, discussed the origins of the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and welcomed all manner of scientists, philosophers, sporting greats such as Mike Tyson and politicians like Bernie Sanders.
He walked back his most recent comments questioning whether young people should take vaccines. He drew sharp criticism from Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The broadcaster, whose The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, said at the end of April: ‘I’m not an anti-vaxx person. I said I believe they’re safe and I encourage many people to take them.
‘My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you’re a young, healthy person that you don’t need it. Their argument was, you need it for other people … But that’s a different argument. That’s a different conversation.
‘I’m not a doctor, I’m a f**king moron, and I’m a cage-fighting commentator who is a dirty stand-up comedian. I’m drunk most of the time, and I do testosterone and I smoke a lot of weed…
‘I’m not a respected source of information, even for me … But I at least try to be honest about what I’m saying,’ Rogan added.
Joe Rogan has faced previous controversies for his commentary
Joe Rogan, who has often backed libertarian candidates for office, has previously faced controversies for his outspoken commentary.
He has also hosted a number of guests on his show that have proved controversial, particularly conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of InfoWars.
Jones had been banned by Spotify from appearing in content on the platform for creating ‘hate content’ but Rogan interviewed him anyway and uploaded the interview to Spotify – earning swift backlash for letting him spread misinformation.
Rogan’s brand often rejects ‘political correctness’ as he slams ‘cancel culture’ but his comments and those from his guests have sparked accusations of for transphobia and Islamophobia.
He called MMA fighter Fallon Fox ‘a f**king man’ after she had transitioned in 2006, Bleacher Report noted.
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes once appeared on Rogan’s show where he argued that people who are Muslim are inbred. Rogan has also defended McInnes and the Proud Boys in a number of episodes.
Spotify has dropped a number of Rogan’s episodes with far-right figures including Jones and McInnes, as well as former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Variety reported.
The outlet noted that other Joe Rogan Experience episodes not available on the platform include those with Chris D’Elia – the stand-up comedian who was accused of sexual misconduct.
In one episode with D’Elia early into the coronavirus pandemic, Rogan boasted about his ability to obtain then-coveted COVID tests as angry fans called him out. At the time, it was very difficult to obtain tests.
In May 2020, Rogan signed a massive deal with Spotify that included (most of) his entire library of videos in a deal worth $100million, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Later in the year, Spotify workers threatened to strike – claiming that not including the controversial episodes did not go far enough, Digital Music News reported.
Afterward, Rogan issued ‘a rare public apology and correction’ over his claim that left-wing anarchists had set fires in Oregon, the outlet reported. Rogan had made those claims during an episode with Douglas Murray.