Joe Rogan says Spotify executives haven’t expressed any concerns with him personally despite reports some employees were threatening to walk off the job in protest over some of his content.
The UFC commentator and podcaster recently sold The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to the music streaming platform for $100 million and it emerged some employees wanted the ability to censor the outspoken comedian and were also going to strike if one episode with an author of book titled Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters wasn’t removed.
Rogan addressed the reports during a recent episode of his podcast and said executives had “literally said nothing to me about it”. “Zero. It’s never come up,” he said.
“Now, is there someone at Spotify that’s complaining about the Abigail Shrier episode? I’m sure. Is it a transphobic episode? It’s not. They’re wrong. It’s nothing to do with that. It has to do with the fact that human beings are actually malleable. We all know that. That’s why cults exist.”
“There’s a thought process now,” Rogan continued, “that if you’re talking at all about trans people, you have to be 100 per cent supportive. You can never question whether or not children should be allowed to transition … All this is madness.
“What Abigail is talking about in her book … is large clusters of kids who are mostly kids that are socially awkward, many of them are autistic, many of them have never had any praise at all in their life, and they transition and they get all this praise from people. Because it is, right now it’s in vogue.”
Joe Rogan won’t bite his tongue. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Rogan sent a message to his new co-workers insisting he wasn’t transphobic.
“I don’t know what the actual conversation has been from Spotify talking to these employees. But if these employees are listening, I would tell you, emphatically, I am not in any way anti-trans. … I am 100 per cent for people being able to do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t harm other people.”
He also defended his right to freedom of speech.
“I’m talking off the top of my head. And a lot of times I’m saying shit that I don’t even mean. I’m saying it because this is a f***ing podcast,” he said. “And if you have a problem with people saying terrible s*** and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics (of songs on the platform). Because some of the lyrics and some of the f***ing music that you guys play over and over and over again makes my s*** pale in comparison.
“But I get it, you’re a 23-year-old woke kid and you’re working for this company and you think you’re gonna put your foot down, I get it.”
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