Rogan Fatigue Won’t Stop The Call For Real Responsibility
I think it’s fair to say that most people are tired of hearing about Joe Rogan and his podcast. I am but I’m not going to stop calling for him to be TRULY responsible just because I’m tired of the conversation.
After two “apology” videos, the second of which had Rogan proclaiming “I fucked up and will try to be better”, in response to his racist remark comparing black neighborhoods to The Planet Of The Apes, Rogan quickly pivoted to his comfort zone , conspiracy theory, claiming all the attention is a “media hit job.”
Nothing says “sincerity” quite like blaming others for your problems.
To be clear, “the media”, as if that is one thing, followed the trend. CNN, Rogan’s arch nemesis, only started to get on the current mountain of criticism of Rogan after millions of everyday people were fueling the backlash on social media platforms, mostly Twitter and Facebook.
I have said and will continue to say that calls for de-platforming or worse government censorship are wrong. Relentless demands for more responsibility are important though. There is a huge difference in censorship and public pressure. One is based on fascism and the other based on principled free market ideas.
The problem with Rogan is that every topic, every guest conversation eventually decays into baseless conspiracy theories. Here’s what I’m talking about:
The grifter known as Dr Peter McCullough claims his conversation was about science, but here we see him not just suggesting a baseless conspiracy theory, but swearing that is is FACT:
The obvious debunking here is that Donald Trump’s administration was responsible for the rollout of the vaccines and Joe Biden’s administration took over the effort. In order to give ANY credence to this nonsense, you need to make the leap that Trump & Joe Biden are co-conspirators.
Next, we see Rogan with Dr. Peter Malone claiming the US is under the spell of a Hitler like leader, with “Mass Formation Psychosis”.
The Hitler-like leader isn’t named, but since Dr. Malone is a Trump supporter, we should conclude that the charismatic , hypnotic leader he is referring to id Sleepy Joe Biden. You know, no crowds came to see him Joe? Not even the hardest core democrat supporters see Joe Joe Biden as having that kind of influence.
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An apology that is followed by an excuse or claim that it was “a hit job”, is not an apology. It’s 100% pure bullshit.
Less than 24 hours after responding to the above video with an “apology” video, Joe Rogan launched another episode of his podcast where he claimed the backlash of his racist crap was a political hit job.
More conspiratorial nonsense, which is Rogan’s default fallback. Is he claiming that “the left”, whoever that represents to him, hired India Arie to put that video on instagram? In his “apology” he said he acknowledged that he fucked up and would try to better. That promise seems to have faded before he even hit the stop button on the recording.
The people that owe Joe Rogan, like Kyle Kulinski, Krystal Ball, Jordan Peterson, et al; are busy mortgaging their souls to defend the indefensible. No matter what anyone says about context regarding the use of one word, there is NO CONTEXT in which “Planet Of The Apes” can be interpreted as anything but the heart and soul of racism.
Don’t be fooled by rhetoric calling any of this censorship. The bullies who want everything their way are trying to intimidate people from being critical of bad behavior. NOBODY has been silenced! The irresponsible claim asking them to be responsible is unreasonable. Like a child being asked to clean their room, they demand to know why they are being punished. Cleaning your room is not punishment. It’s part of growing up.