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Joe Rogan slammed Stephen Colbert in his latest podcast, calling the late-night talk show host’s extreme COVID caution part of a trend he branded ‘mass psychosis.’
On Tuesday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan and his guest MMA fighter Jake Shields joked about how they used to think Colbert was funny, but now finds him – and his vaccine jokes – ‘cringe,’ according to Mediaite.
‘There’s this video of Colbert dancing with Chuck Schumer and they high-five each other. It’s so strange,’ he exclaimed.
Joe Rogan slammed Stephen Colbert in an interview on his show Tuesday, calling the late-night talk show host’s push for COVID vaccines ‘mass psychosis’
Rogan’s guest MMA fighter Jake Shields said he used to think Colbert was funny, but now finds him – and his vaccine jokes – ‘cringe,’ according to Mediaite
‘They’re high-fiving and Schumer is dancing outside with a mask on. Like this is going to go down in history, like this time — this is like a mass psychosis.’
Rogan’s guest brought up Colbert when Rogan said ‘if I had been born in any other era, all of my jobs except being a stand-up comedian would be non-existent.’
‘You would probably be doing like a late-night talk show,’ Shields responded. ‘Think how terrible that would be.’
‘They would never give me one,’ Rogan admitted. ‘I guarantee you they’d never give me one.’
‘Or you’d have to be like Stephen Colbert,’ Shields added. ‘It’s sad seeing like Stephen Colbert, cause I used to think he was funny. But now it’s just like — he’s cringe.’
‘He’s weird, right!’ Rogan said.
‘The vax thing, you’re like oh my God this is so hard to watch!’ Shields said.
‘The vaccine songs! That was strange,’ Rogan replied. ‘I wanna be in the meeting where they pitch that. Like here’s the thing ‘we’re gonna go da — da — da — dada — da vaccines!’ Like where’s the joke? Where’s the joke? Are people going to watch this?’
‘You wonder, is a guy happy like that doing a job or is he just like the money. It’s definitely — I guess people get so attached to being famous and money they’ll do whatever it takes.’ Shields said.
‘I bet it’s, for sure, very lucrative, he gets a lot of money, I bet he enjoys being the star of a show, he enjoys being on the in — on the in-crowd,’ Rogan said.
The discussion on Tuesday’s show is just the latest headline-grabbing incident for Rogan, who faces a boycott from artists who pulled their music from Spotify – the service Rogan uses exclusively to air his podcast – over his COVID-19 comments and use of racial slurs.
Rogan brought up a video that shows an unmasked Colbert dancing with masked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a ‘We Love NYC’ concert event in August of 2021
Rogan said: ‘They’re high-fiving and Schumer is dancing outside with a mask on. Like this is going to go down in history, like this time — this is like a mass psychosis’
Critics called on the streaming service to cancel the Joe Rogan Experience host’s $200million deal for spreading ‘misinformation’ regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Rogan garnered controversy after a December 31 podcast of The Joe Rogan Experience in which he chat with Dr. Robert Malone, an anti-vaccine proponent who was previously banned from Twitter over the spread of COVID misinformation.
But even when Rogan tested positive for COVID last fall, he said that he was able to recover within three days thanks to several treatments, including the much-talked about anti-parasite drug ivermectin, which is used to treat infections in horses and cows.
Earlier this year, Rogan addressed the backlash and said listeners should take his words with a grain of salt because he ‘talks sh*t for a living.’
‘I talk sh*t for a living – that’s why this is so baffling to me,’ Rogan said during an appearance at the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, referring to the backlash he’s faced from stars like Neil Young for anti-vax information that’s been discussed on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, which is exclusive to Spotify.
‘If you’re taking vaccine advice from me, is that really my fault?’ Rogan asked fans in his first public appearance since folk-rock icon Young pulled his discography from the platform over the controversy, spurring others to follow suit and call for the Swedish streaming service to nix their $100million exclusive deal with the comedian.
‘What dumb sh*t were you about to do when my stupid idea sounded better? “You know that dude who made people people eat animal d***s on TV? How does he feel about medicine?”‘ the former Fear Factor host quipped in regards to the retaliation he’s faced for his and guests’ various opinions on the virus – and in particular, vaccines – expressed on the show.
‘If you want my advice, don’t take my advice,’ he declared.
Embattled Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan addressed his COVID misinformation controversy during a comedy set in Texas Tuesday, saying that listeners should take his words with a grain of salt because he ‘talks sh*t for a living’
In January, a group of 270 doctors and scientists signed an open letter to Spotify accusing Rogan of pushing ‘anti-vax misinformation’ and branding him a ‘menace to public health’.
After Spotify didn’t respond to the letter, musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell led a boycott and pulled their music from the streaming platform.
Spotify eventually launched content advisory warnings on episodes that include discussion about COVID-19 on a rolling basis.
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Then in February, clips resurfaced from Rogan’s podcast in which he used the N-word over 20 times.
‘Somebody made a compilation of every time I said that word over 14 years and they put it on YouTube, and it turned out that was racist as f***. Even to me! I’m me and I’m watching it saying, ‘Stop saying it!’ I put my cursor over the video and I’m like, ‘Four more minutes?!’
‘I haven’t used that word in years. But it’s kind of weird people will get really mad if you use that word and tweet about it on a phone that’s made by slaves,’ he added, presumably a coy reference to Apple’s iPhone’s made by low-wage workers in China.
Rogan faced swift backlash after his n-word compilation was posted Friday, with celebrities like singer India Arie adding to the pressure on Spotify boss Daniel Ek to kick his $100 million star off the streaming service.
He later apologized, calling it ‘the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.’
Spotify subsequently removed a slew of episodes of Rogan’s podcast from their site, including the ones that contained the volatile language.
Ek said in a message to employees that Rogan’s racist language was ‘incredibly hurtful’ and that the host stood behind the removal of the dozens of episodes of his show, but reiterated that the company would not part ways with Rogan – their most popular podcaster.
Rogan’s brush with controversy didn’t end there.
In March, Rogan slammed employees of large Bay Area tech firms as woke ‘activists’ on his podcast, labeling employees for companies such as Google as ‘mentally ill’ and ‘lunatics who are running the asylum to a certain extent.’
Speaking to Silicon Valley vet Antonio García Martínez, an ex-engineer at Apple and Facebook who was fired by the Mac maker after staffers petitioned to have him nixed over ‘misogynistic’ writings in his autobiographical book, in which he wrote ‘women in the Valley are ‘full of sh*t’ and likened a former Indian coworker to a ‘bored auto-rickshaw driver from Delhi.’
Rogan asked the seasoned tech specialist what it was like to work at the two tech giants, but before the guest could answer, he recalled a conversation with a ‘good friend’ who worked at Google before leaving for another ‘large tech company’
‘And the way she described it to me she’s like it is utter madness,’ the UFC commentator said. ‘And the lunatics are running the asylum to a certain extent’
Rogan also frustratingly remarked that whenever those woke workers are ‘confronted’ over not getting work done, ‘they talk about their activism.’
Joe Rogan posted a nearly six minute video to Instagram Saturday in which he spoke about a video of him that contained resurfaced clips of him saying the N-word on his podcast
To date, Spotify has removed at least 113 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience – with most episodes that have been taken down recorded involving far-right commentators.
The podcaster was supported by some conservative media figures who pledged to defend his freedom of speech.
Donald Trump Jr condemned ‘the woke mob’ for trying to cancel Rogan.
Conservative commentator and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro also voiced his support for Rogan and accused the left of using his later racial slurs controversy to ‘destroy a guy who doesn’t carry water for those with institutional power.’
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who has been largely criticized for his vaccine skepticism and the way he’s governed the country throughout the pandemic, also backed Rogan on the social media platform.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek first responded to the controversy surrounding Rogan’s comments regarding COVID and vaccines against the deadly virus in an official statement in January, saying Spotify would be adding COVID-19 content advisories to all podcast episodes that cover the virus.
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek (pictured) has stressed the importance of free speech and providing a platform that shares differing views
Spotify released a statement Sunday saying that while it doesn’t always ‘get it right, we are committed to learning, growing and evolving’
Ek pushed back at employees demanding Rogan be ousted from the service’s catalog, saying the controversial podcaster is vital to the platform’s future and it’s not the company’s place to ‘dictate the discourse’ of his show.
‘There are many things that Joe Rogan says that I strongly disagree with and find very offensive,’ Ek said at a company town hall.
But ‘if we want even a shot at achieving our bold ambitions, it will mean having content on Spotify that many of us may not be proud to be associated with.’
Rogan publicly addressed the controversy earlier this year in a post discussing ‘some of the controversy that’s been going on over the past few days.’
He told fans on Instagram: ‘I don’t always get it right. I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.’
Source: Daily Mail