Joe Rogan apologizes for using racist slander

Rogan used the word more than 20 times in the clips, which he said were compiled over a period of 12 years. In his apology, Rogan said it is the “most deplorable and shameful thing” he has ever had to speak in public.

“I know for most people there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that, mess with it publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that,” he said. “Now I have not said that for years,” Rogan added.

Arie is among a number of musical artists who requested that their music be removed from Spotify due to Covid-19 misinformation sent on Rogan’s show. The Grammy Award winner said that although she has empathy with artists who asked to have their content removed due to Covid-19 misinformation, her protest is also about his language use around race.

Arie used the #DeleteSpotify hashtag for his nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.

Rogan “should not even utter the word,” Arie said. “Do not even say it, in any context. Do not say it. That’s where I stand. I’ve always stood there.”

“They take that money built from streaming and they pay this guy $ 100 million, but they pay us like 0.003% of a penny,” Arie said on Instagram. “Just take me off. I do not want to generate money that pays it.”
According to a 2021 report by The New York Times, the music industry estimates that Spotify’s payout rate for musical artists is half a cent per share. stream, a rate often shared between record companies and artists.
Spotify quietly removed more than 70 episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast on Friday, according to tracking site The streaming company has not returned CNN Business’ request for comment on whether the removal is related to the controversy surrounding the podcast.
Rogan’s show on Spotify, which he joined in September 2020, has more than 1,700 numbered episodes. The episodes that were removed are before the pandemic.
Neil Young was the first record artist to request that his music be removed from the platform on January 25th. He was joined by Joni Mitchell shortly after, and a growing list of musicians and personalities then followed them to call Spotify or leave the channel. Spotify exclusively hosts the popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” about which Covid-19 vaccine misinformation has been spread.

Spotify responded to criticism, saying it adds content advice to any podcast episode – not just Rogans – that includes discussion of Covid-19, a step Rogan has said he agrees with.

“It has become clear to me that we have a commitment to do more to provide balance and access to widely accepted information from the medical and scientific communities that guide us through this unprecedented era,” said CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek in a statement earlier. this week.
Spotify's CEO addresses the Joe Rogan controversy

Spotify has not yet responded to CNN with a comment on Rogan’s previous use of racist slander. Rogan claims to have previously used the N-Word word as part of a context – as when discussing a Richard Pryor album or the repeated use of the word in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film “Pulp Fiction”.

“There’s nothing I can do to take it back,” Rogan said. “… I hope, if anything, that this can be a learnable moment, for I never thought it would ever be taken out of context and put into such a video.”

Rogan said in his apology that he “is not a racist.”

“When you’re in a situation where you have to say I’m not a racist, you’re sorry, and I’m definitely f ** t up,” Rogan said.

Rogan also addressed a video of him comparing a black neighborhood to a Planet of the Apes movie. “I would certainly never want to offend anyone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism,” Rogan said.

Last week, Rogan also brought up the topic of race in an episode of his podcast with guest Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and climate change skeptic. After a brief discussion of the “spectrum of shades of people”, Rogan said it was strange to call anyone black or white based on their skin color.

CNN’s Scottie Andrew contributed to this report.

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