Joe Rogan, one of the most influential podcast hosts in the world, was mocked and chastised after claiming on his show that “woke” society was silencing straight white men.
Last week, the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” spoke with standup comedian Joe List about the changing limits of what constitutes appropriate comedy in an episode of the show.
Rogan asked, “Can you make a good comedy movie anymore, or have they made it so dangerous in terms of being canceled that comedy movies are no longer something you can do?”.
“You can never be woke enough, that’s the problem,” he said on the podcast. “It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands, it’ll eventually get to straight white men are not allowed to talk.”
The 53-year-old former TV host continued to rant that straight white men would no longer be “allowed to go outside” at some point in the future.
“I’m not joking,” Rogan said as List started to laugh. It will get there in the end. It’s that insane.”
“We just gotta be nice to each other, man. And there’s a lot of people that are taking advantage of this weirdness in our culture, and then that becomes their thing. Their thing is calling people out for their privilege, calling people out for their position,” Rogan said.
The backlash was immediate, with some claiming that Spotify, which had signed a $100 million contract with Rogan last year, had little influence over the material on his show.
“Joe Rogan made his comments about straight white men not being able to talk due to ‘woke culture’ on his podcast which was acquired by Spotify in a $100m deal, that has 11 million listeners per episode and lets him talk about literally anything,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another user tweeted a photo with the expression “Joe Rogan is Goop for guys,” referring to Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, which has been chastised by the advocacy organisation Truth in Advertising for making “deceptive” and “unsubstantiated” statements.
Rogan is known for questioning controversial personalities such as Gavin McInnes, the creator of the far-right Proud Boys, and disgraced comedian Chris D’Elia. Late last month, he was chastised for wrongly claiming on his show that healthy young adults do not need vaccinations. On April 29, the podcast host explained that he was “not an anti-vax user” in a podcast episode.
“I’m not a doctor, I’m a f—ing moron, and I’m a cage fighting commentator,” he said during the episode. “I’m not a respected source of information, even for me.