Joe Rogan, a comedian, actor, television host, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator, and podcaster of The Joe Rogan Experience has a lot of things under his belt. However, his public image isn’t the most squeaky clean.
He’s caused offense after offense over the years, with comments ranging from the transphobic to the racially offensive to this’ week’s comments about the Covid vaccine.
Check out the round-up below.
He told his listeners that young people who are healthy shouldn’t get vaccinated
Yup, you read this correctly. On Friday’s episode of his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Media Matters For America reported that the comedian seemingly encouraged young people in their early 20s to not get the Covid-19 vaccine. “If you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go no,” he said.
He pushed the conspiracy theory that “left-wing” people were starting “forest fires” on the West Coast
In September, wildfires were spreading like no other across California, Washington, and Oregon due to climate change. However, a conspiracy theory was circulating around that believed Antifa, which is a shorthand term for anti-fascist activists were the perpetrators of the catastrophe.
That same month, Rogan took to his podcast to cosign this theory, saying, “these people want your head and they want blood, and they don’t seem to be willing to settle for anything less.”
Ultimately, he ended up acknowledging that a part of what he said wasn’t true.
I fucked up on the podcast with Douglas Murray and said that people got arrested lighting fires in Portland. That… https://t.co/fjxQKAKkfB
He used the word n***** on his podcast and in stand-up comedy
How many ways can you explain that this word is offensive? Check out this Reddit video below.
He said Democrats have “made us all morons”
According to MarketWatch, because the Democratic party was rallying behind then-nominee President Joe Biden, Rogan believed that this decision “made us all morons” and that President Biden is “very old.”
‘I can’t vote for that guy. I’d rather vote for Trump than Biden. I don’t think he can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that,” said Rogan to his guest Eric Weinstein, the managing director of Thiel Capital.
He said he believes the Kardashian b*****s were the reason Caitlyn Jenner became Trans
Rogan decided to compare his experiences as a cisgender man living with his three daughters and wife to Jenner’s experience as a transgender woman, which isn’t appropriate. He even misgendered Jenner.
He claimed being transgender is a “social contagion”
You’ve got to be kidding.
He said cancel culture movements go against our freedom of speech
In the past few years, Rogan has expressed what he felt to be the dangers of being “woke” and “cancel culture” among people. He even got some backlash from fans who were opposed to his podcast’s move to Spotify, saying he’s under censorship. In February, he said that Spotify hasn’t restricted him from doing what he wants, but some of his more controversial episodes couldn’t go on the platform.
Just like he has the freedom of speech, “wokeness” and “cancel culture” are also examples of freedom of speech. As long as it’s not directly harming others.
And, of course, his interview with well-known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
Alex Jones is the founder and host of the website InfoWars. He was banned from Spotify for “hate content” and spreading misinformation about the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Oh, and we can’t forget to mention that Rogan fact-checked Jones’ most absurd conspiracy theories, making them out to be “true”, which further perpetuates misleading information.