Conservatives Tell Joe Rogan Never Apologize, No Matter What, Ever

Like Joe Rogan finds himself in a crisis of his own making, due to his past use of the N-word, America’s top conservatives are offering the controversial podcaster advice, solidarity and even a hypothetical $100 million lifeline. The host, who apologized over the weekend for saying the racial slur two dozen times in old podcast recordings, is trying to clean up his act, working with Spotify to remove more than 100 archived episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience from the platform’s library, but many Rogan admirers on the right resent him for apologizing.

“Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he needs to stop apologizing to the fake news maniacs and crazies and the radical left,” wrote donald trump in a statement Monday. “How many ways can you say you’re sorry?” The former president, an expert known for never apologizing, concluded with a “let Rogan be Rogan” refrain: “Joe, do what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and scared. It’s not you and it never will be!

Like his father, Donald Trump Jr. address the media scandal by offering his own predictable navel: “If they can cancel @joerogan, they can cancel anyone,” Trump Jr. tweeted Monday. “That was always the goal. You must all submit and obey.

And Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential hopeful who appears to be seeking any opportunity to outplay Trump, told Fox News on Monday that Rogan “shouldn’t have apologized” because “the crowd” thrives on excuses. “Do you see what’s going on? … They’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart,” the Florida governor said. “But what I would say is don’t give an inch. Do not apologize. Don’t remember the crowd. Stand up and tell them to pound the sand; if you do that, there’s really nothing they can do to you. The only way they’ll have power is if you let them take your goat.

As a reminder, the apology that triggers right-wing politicians so much is a mea culpa video in which Rogan expressed his “sincere and deepest” apologies to those he offended, calling his use of the N-word “regretful and shameful”. It was Rogan’s second public apology in a week: He previously apologized to his partners at Spotify, who reportedly paid the host more than $100 million in 2020 to secure the exclusive publishing rights to his podcast, following accusations that he spread COVID-19 misinformation on his show. Spotify stands by Rogan’s side so far: In a company-wide memo on Sunday evening, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Eck adamantly stated that he would not “silence” his star.

Of course, not everyone gives Rogan such an easy pass: in a Monday interview with CNN host put on Lemon, four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter India.Arie, who notably shared the compilation of Rogan saying the N-word on Instagram, said that while she doesn’t consider Rogan to be a racist, she found his use of the slur on past podcast episodes “insensitive”. She went on to say that Rogan “did a good job with his apology. He said a lot of things that I would like to hear from someone. The thing that stood out to me the most was when he said, “That’s not my word to use. And I think behavioral change is what we’re really looking for. (Arie said Rogan’s partnership with Spotify wasn’t his only reason for leaving the platform, but it was “the final reason.”)

MSNBC Columnist Liz Board also asked its followers to “name a job where you could use a racial slur at work and face no consequences.” (In response, Senator Ted Cruz, another Republican fighting for a shot at the White House, offered his two cents by broadcasting a deceptive lie on Jo Biden.)

At Fox News, the network’s biggest stars tried to cover up the dastardly N-word story while portraying Rogan as a victim whose repeated use of the slur was taken out of context in a “fabricated” media scandal. “There is a question if Joe Rogan is right about the context of these N-word incidences,” noted Sean Hannity on the Monday edition of his radio show. “Does anyone remember Biden hunter using the N-word? Nobody seemed to care when we talked about it at the time. (Hunter Biden has not publicly commented on this. allegationwho was the first published speak Daily Mail Last year.) The fiveit is Greg Gutfeld incorrectly claims that “there aren’t many black people” who actually care about Rogan’s use of the N-word. “It’s only white liberals and white leftists who want to take Rogan down,” he said. he adds. And on Tucker-Carlsonit is monday showthe host was joined by Glenn Greenwald, a past Joe Rogan Experience guest, to discuss how the White House press secretary Jen Psaki allegedly violated Rogan’s right to free speech when she commented on his Spotify COVID misinformation scandal last week.

In an obvious publicity stunt, video-sharing site Rumble offered Rogan $100 million for the exclusive rights to publish all of its episodes. “Dear Joe, we are with you, your guests and your legion of fans in the desire for a real conversation,” wrote CEO of Rumble Chris Pavlowski in an open letter to Rogan on Monday. “How about bringing all of your shows to Rumble, old and new, uncensored, for $100 million over four years? Rumble, a Pierre Thiel— backed by a YouTube clone that caters to conservatives and some banned YouTube content, has no chance of getting a deal with Rogan, given the podcaster isn’t even two years into his Spotify deal. But the stunt, which received extensive coverage on Fox News and Fox Business, appears to have worked, at least on traders. Shares of SPAC publicizing Rumble surged after Pavlovsky’s message to Rogan was published, according to a Axios report.

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