5 Times Joe Rogan Stirred Up Controversy With His Podcast
From spreading misinformation about vaccines to the use of the N-word, here’s why Joe Rogan has landed himself in hot water
It’s not been a good few days for Joe Rogan. The comedian and podcaster has found himself in another storm, with musicians and the entirety of Twitter putting pressure on Spotify to remove ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.’
And it seems to be working. The OTT platform quietly removed a total of 113 episodes of the podcast, amidst misinformation and the use of the ‘N-word.’ That being said, CEO Daniel Ek has come out in support of Rogan, saying he’s “deeply sorry” for the comments the podcaster made but added, “cancelling voices is a slippery slope.”
But this isn’t the first time Rogan has found himself in hot water. Over the years, the comedian has given many foot-in-the-mouth statements, which let’s just say err on the side of controversies. We’ve take a look at some of them:
1) His liberal use of the ‘N-word’
Here, Rogan can be heard narrating the story of how he went to watch Planet of the Apes, and accidentally landed himself in a black neighbourhood.
— Post Capitalism Malone (@remibookchin) February 14, 2019
And then there is this (infamous) gem:
Someone sent me this clip of Joe talking how a “black body and white brain” are a “powerful combination” and that black people have “different brains”. pic.twitter.com/KeQsZwg8aw
— Dusty Smith (@cultofdusty1) February 14, 2019
But the most controversial of the lot is perhaps this compilation –
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
2) His anti-vax rhetoric
This is when Rogan’s podcast truly went viral. Back in April 2021, with the roll-out of vaccines, he took a very controversial stand, stating young people should stay away from getting the jab. Further adding that “it’s terrifying that they are thinking of giving it to children.”
— Media Matters (@mmfa) February 2, 2022
But the internet quickly found out this was quite contradictory to the stand the comedian took two years ago:
Just look how much has Joe Rogan changed in just a couple of years. He was praising vaccines and saying he’s afraid of antivaxxers who will not get it. What happen @joerogan pic.twitter.com/zYYd9uQFL6
— Dave The Bronx Bull⚒️ 🇩🇴 (@kingbullyo) February 4, 2022
3) When he took “horse medication” to treat Covid-19
When Rogan tested positive for Covid-19, instead of staying tucked in and taking the prescribed medication, he decided to take a cocktail of medicines. This included Ivermectin, a drug that is used to treat heartworm diseases in horses.
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After facing backlash for spreading misinformation, the comedian came out and gave an explanation, saying “Well I had this guy on, Dr. Pierre Kory…he’s from Frontline Covid Critical Care Workers. He’s a well-established doctor. Treated thousands of people with Covid. Early on in the pandemic, they found some good efficacy with ivermectin… He’s not the only doctor that told me to take it. Multiple doctors told me to take it.”
4) His transphobic comments
In another one of his direct statements, his target was Fallon Fox, a transgender female fighter in MMA. The fighter was accused of having unfair competition against her cisgender competitors.
Rogan commented, “She calls herself a woman but I tend to disagree. She used to be a man but now she has had, she’s a transgender … And she wants to be able to fight women in MMA. I say no f—–g way. I say if you had a d— at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a d—. You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints. You’re a f—–g man. That’s a man, OK.”
After the backlash, the comedian thought his comments were taken out of context. This was his response:
5) When he thought the Left was responsible for the Oregon wildfires
Portland doesn’t seem to be Joe’s favourite place. Back in 2020, the comedian insinuated that Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist protesters frequently clashed with police on purpose. He then went on to say that authorities have “arrested people for lighting forest fires up there. They’ve arrested left-wing people for lighting these forest fires.”
This was when the Oregon wildfires had destroyed over 11,00 acres of land and wiped out many homes in its wake. While two people were arrested for starting the fires, they were later released. Neither of them was associated with any left-wing outfit.
However, by this time the misinformation had itself spread like wildfire. The official Twitter account of FBI Portland had to put out a statement debunking Rogan’s theory.
Throwback to when Joe Rogan lied about “left-wing people” starting wildfires in Oregon and the FBI had to put out a statement because his fans kept making false reports as a result. pic.twitter.com/88GrCbjGC1
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 6, 2022
Of course, Rogan later apologised in his Joe Rogan way. But the damage was already done.