It seems Joe Rogan might be considering leaving Spotify after all.
It’s been a while since the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” has been making headlines. In January, it seemed that the former “Fear Factor” host was all anyone could talk about when several artists, especially Neil Young, decided to pull their music off Spotify’s streaming service to combat the spread of Rogan’s COVID-19 misinformation.
Although Spotify has taken some steps to improve public perception and give users warnings about possible misinformation expressed on the podcast, it seems that Joe Rogan is still wary of the tide of public opinion.
Joe Rogan Says If He Has To ‘Mind My P’s And Q’s… F— That!’
On Tuesday, during another episode of his podcast, Rogan sat down with MMA fighter Josh Barnett who openly wondered “Is everyone going to pour over every single thing I say?”
“They will,” Rogan admitted before adding, “But it’s the same thing. It’s just a conversation.”
After going back and forth about how “The Joe Rogan Experience” was “the biggest f—ing podcast in the world” (and it certainly is for Spotify), Barnett mentioned he told his stressed-out wife that his appearance was not cause for concern because Rogan is still “my buddy.”
“We’re the same,” Rogan agreed before reflecting on the recent controversies caused by vaccine misinformation from his guests and his own use of the N-word over the years, which was compiled into several YouTube videos for everyone to see online.
“If I become something different because it grew bigger, I will quit,” Rogan stated. “If it gets to a point that I can’t do it anymore, where I have to do it in some sort of weird way where I walk on eggshells and mind my P’s and Q’s… f— that.”
His tone seemed to be a reversal from the apology that he issued in an almost 10-minute long Instagram video back in January and the almost six-minute video he put out on February 5.
Joe Rogan Apologizes: ‘This Is My Take On The Worst Of It’
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In the most recent video, Rogan confronted his repeated use of the N-word, which caused artist Indie Arie to pull her music off the streaming service.
“I’m making this video to talk about the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly,” he began. He went on to explain that the clips were taken out of context from interviews that happened over a decade ago but that “all smushed together and it looks f—-ing horrible, even to me.”
“Now I know that to most people there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast,” he continued. “And I agree with that now. I haven’t said it in years. But for a long time when I would bring that word up, like if it would come up in conversation, 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.”
Rogan claimed that he only used the word in context and insisted that he is “not racist.”
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“It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use,” he added. “I’m well aware of that now. But for years I used it in that manner. 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.”
He also addressed his controversial “Planet of the Apes” statement which has been circulating online, caling it a “f—ing idiotic thing to say” and said that he wished that he could take it back.
“Obviously, that’s not possible,” he continued. “But I do hope that this can be a teachable moment for anybody that doesn’t realize how offensive that word can be coming out of a white person’s mouth in context or out of context.”
He offered his “sincere and humble apologies” and added that “I wish there was more that I could say but all of this is just me talking from the bottom of my heart. It makes me sick watching that video. But hopefully, at least some of you will accept this and understand where I’m coming from.”