Spotify and Joe Rogan are on some serious damage control after a compilation video went viral of Rogan saying the N-word in past podcasts. Rogan used the racial slur 24 times in the 23 resurfaced clips in episodes recorded years ago, well before his deal with Spotify.
Rogan issued an apology on Saturday morning for using the racial slur, calling it “the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.” Rogan said the clips were taken “out of context” from “12 years of conversations.” He explained that he was quoting other people in several instances of using the N-word.
“I know that to most people, there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, nevermind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now,” Rogan said in an Instagram video.
“I haven’t said it in years. Instead of saying ‘the N-word,’ I would just say the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.” “It looks f***ing horrible. Even to me,” he said.
“It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use,” the comedian continued. “I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist, but whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say ‘I’m not racist,’ you’ve f***ed up, and I clearly have f***ed up.”
“I do hope that if anything this can be a teachable moment,” Rogan added. “I never thought it would be taken out of context and put in a video like that. Now that it is, holy s**it does it look bad.”
Previously, Rogan said Spotify’s management “haven’t given me a hard time at all” and they “don’t give a f***” about the content and guests on his podcast. Rogan and Spotify have faced heavy criticism in the past two weeks over claims of COVID-19 misinformation.
The situation escalated when musicians threatened to remove their music libraries from Spotify, including Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, India Arie, and Nils Lofgren.
Let me give white folks a word of advice: it does not matter the context saying the N word is going to be frowned upon. It has an ugly, painful history and deep rooted history. But as you see with the way some Americans have handled wearing masks during COVID, people don’t like being told what to do.
Black folks have found a way to remix the N Word. It’s used in songs by black artists, it’s used as a form of slang within circles and white folks see this. But it is still the same word it is not your to use. Even past use of the N-Word by white people has a certain stigma. Intention does not always reflect reality.
Joe Rogan is the latest white person to be exposed for his arrogance and ignorance on the subject. Does this mean that he should be canceled? I don’t think so, but black people are definitely looking at you side-ways Joe Rogan. Somebody needs to school this guy!