Straight white men, your opinion-having days are numbered – as far as podcast host Joe Rogan is concerned, anyway. Speaking on one of the world’s biggest audio streaming platforms, Rogan warned his audience of almost 200 million listeners that the so-called ‘woke culture’ is leading to a point where “straight white men are not allowed to talk”.
On the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience – Spotify’s most-streamed podcast globally – Rogan’s guest, stand-up comedian Joe List, recalled listening to an ‘earnest’ conversation on a mental health podcast that suggested straight white men should avoid self-deprecating humour due to their privilege.
“You can never be ‘woke’ enough, that’s the problem,” said Rogan in response. “It keeps going. 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.
“Because it’s your privilege to express yourself when other people of colour have been silenced throughout history. It will be, you’re not allowed to go outside. Because so many people were imprisoned for so many…”. (continued below)
As List started laughing, Rogan continued: “I’m not joking, it really will get there. It’s that crazy. 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. You know, so, it’s f***ing crazy times.”
Social media users were quick to point out that Rogan, who sold his show to Spotify for a reported $100m, was hardly in danger of being silenced. “Respectfully, I would argue that not being allowed to talk is the exact opposite of the problem Joe Rogan has,” wrote Twitter user @beccalew. Others were more forthright, like @heathercampbell, who Tweeted: “Sharing space is not the same as being silenced, you f***.”
Rogan’s remarks are the latest in a long line of provocative comments from the UFC commentator, who recently claimed far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was right “about actual microchips being injected into your arm to see if you have COVID-19”, and previously encouraged “healthy” young people not to get vaccinated. In a later episode, Rogan clarified that he's “not an anti-vax person”, adding that he “believe[s] they’re very safe”.
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