USA: Joe Rogan further addressed the campaign to have him booted off Spotify and silenced Tuesday, labelling it a “political hit job” and stating that he doesn’t believe he should “apologize for nonsense.”
Speaking with fellow comedian and podcaster Akaash Singh about out of context edited videos of his old shows online, Rogan stated “You know, in a lot of ways, like, all this is a relief, because it’s like, just because that that video it always been out there. It’s like, this is a political hit job.”
“And so they’re taking all this stuff that I’ve ever said that’s wrong and smoosh it all together, but it’s good because it makes me address some sh*t that I really wish wasn’t out there.”
Singh chimed in, “You can apologize if you say some wild sh*t and we’ve also had some wild sh*t and you apologize and own that is wrong. Good for you.”
“You should apologize if you regret something,” Rogan responded, adding “This idea that you should never apologize, like if you regret something, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with apologizing.”
However, he added the caveat “I do think you have to be very careful to not apologize for nonsense.”
Rogan also noted that “If you stay offline it’s just real life. You just have to stay offline. You just, life goes on as normal.”
Rogan’s comments come after President Trump said the podcaster should stop apologising.
“How many ways can you say you’re sorry? Joe,” Trump wrote in a statement, adding “just go about what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and frightened. That’s not you and it never will be!”
In an interview with Fox News Florida governor Ron DeSantis also said Rogan should not have to apologise because the left is “out to destroy him.”
“No, he shouldn’t have apologized. I mean, you see what happens? The mob will come after people, and they’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart on some of the things that they’re holding dear.” DeSantis said, urging Rogan “do not kowtow to the mob.”
In response to charges of racism against Rogan, conservative pundit, and former pro wrestler Tyrus delivered a powerful rant Tuesday, noting that he was at first pissed with Rogan after viewing the edited videos, but then quickly realised the entire debacle is an effort to create outrage to get Rogan silenced.
“Nobody cares what he said 12 years ago,” Tyrus roared, adding “Hell, you didn’t. Where were you then? I’ll wait for a response, but we know that will fall on deaf ears.”
“Maybe it’s time you stop using us African Americans to do your dirty work, and fight your battles,” he urged, adding “Now, I get it, you use your favorite little words to get us fired up: ‘racist, systemic, critical. And your new favorite word: misinformation. And that’ll get us fired up, we won’t even look at the facts or the whatnots, and we’ll just jump in and cancel away with you.”
Tyrus continued, “You were losing that conversation [about COVID], so you needed something else. And you went right to the good old Woke Playbook — but you went one too many times. How about this: fight Joe Rogan yourselves. Leave us out of it.”
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