May 28, 2022

Over 100 episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast removed from Spotify platform

Amid the ongoing firestorm over podcaster Joe Rogan’s continued presence on Spotify and allegations involving the spread of COVID-19 “misinformation” comes news that over 100 episodes of his show have been quietly removed from the platform, as the New York Post reports.

According to reports, 113 installments of The Joe Rogan Experience are no longer accessible on Spotify, with many of the episodes in question dating back well before the current coronavirus-related controversy emerged.

The broadcasts at issue are reported to include instances in which the embattled host is heard using racial slurs and other insensitive language, as the Daily Caller notes, and their deletion is the latest development in the continuing controversy that has prompted a handful of high-profile recording artists to pull their work from the platform and demand Rogan’s removal from it.

Among the aforementioned celebrities calling for Rogan’s ouster from Spotify and withdrawing their content from the platform until it occurs are musicians Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and India Arie, as well as podcasters Mary Trump and Brene Brown, according to the Post.

In the wake of the appearance of a video compilation of instances in which Rogan used the n-word over the course of his years in podcasting, the host himself posted a video addressing the situation and expressing the remorse he now feels for his prior conduct.

“I’m making this video to talk about the most regretful and shameful [thing] that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly,” Rogan began, adding, “[t] here’s a video out that’s a compilation of me saying the n-word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversation on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together and it looks fu**ing horrible, even to me.”

Rogan continued, “There’s nothing I can do to take that back. I wish I could. Obviously, that’s not possible. I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist, and I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism.”

Though he had just recently praised Rogan for standing firm in defense of episodes featuring dissenters from the official COVID-19 orthodoxy, including Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough, Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson publicly backed away from the podcaster once the aforementioned racism allegations surfaced, according to Fox News, claiming he has since “become educated to [Rogan’s] complete narrative.”

There can be little doubt that cancel culture proponents on the left are taking direct aim at Rogan for daring to ask the hard questions not just on the nation’s COVID-19 response, but on a host of other hot topics, and only time will tell whether their authoritarian impulses toward censorship are ultimately allowed to prevail.

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