Update: 06 February 2022 09:40 STI
Washington [US]Feb. 6 (ANI): American podcaster Joe Rogan has released a statement expressing regret over his use of the “N-word” in music videos released by singer India Arie.
According to Deadline, in the clips, which were used by Arie to illustrate why she was pulling her music from Spotify, where Rogan allows her podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ he was shown using the racial slur two dozen times. .
Recently, the controversial podcaster has come under fire since Neil Young demanded his music be removed from the service in protest at Rogan’s content. He was joined by several other musicians and podcasters, who followed his lead.
It has been reported that the streaming service has removed around 70 Rogan podcasts without explanation.
Several of the podcasts that were taken down involved other controversial commentators, including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Owen Benjamin and Canadian writer Gavin Miles McInnes.
In his apology for Arie’s clips, Rogan responded via Instagram, calling it “The most regrettable and shameful thing I’ve ever had to speak about publicly.” Rogan said the video consisted of “out of context” excerpts from “12 years of conversations” on his show. “It looks awful. Even to me,” Rogan said.
He added, “I know for most people there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, without speaking publicly on a podcast, and I’m okay with that now. I haven’t said it in years. Instead of saying ‘the N-word’, I was just saying the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.
Rogan’s defense was that he often used the word in the context of discussing past comics that used the word, such as Lenny Bruce and Paul Mooney.
“It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use. I’ve 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 a racist, ‘you screwed up, and I clearly screwed up,’ he continued.
According to Deadline, he also touched a bit on the clips in which he referred to a black neighborhood as “Planet of the Apes,” after going to see the movie with friends in Philadelphia.
“I was trying to make the story entertaining. I didn’t say, and I never said black people are apes, but it sure sounded like it,” Rogan explained, adding: “It wasn’t a racist story, but it sounded terrible.” (ANI)