'That's not you': Trump asks Joe Rogan to 'stop apologizing' amid podcast controversies
'Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he's got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics,' Trump said
Former American President Donald Trump advised podcaster Joe Rogan to "stop apologizing", claiming that it will make him "look weak and frightened". This happened after Rogan issued an apology on his Instagram account, post backlash over his Spotify podcast.
Trump's statement read, "Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he's got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics. How many ways can you say you’re sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don't let them make you look weak and frightened. That’s not you and it never will be!"
Rogan was slammed after compilations of him repeatedly using the N-word on his podcast started circulating. Alongside, he was embroiled in the Spotify controversy where multiple doctors, singers and public figures had voiced out against the spread of misinformation on Rogan's podcast. He captioned his apology video, "There's been a lot of s**t from the old episodes of the podcast that I wish I hadn’t said, or had said differently. This is my take on the worst of it."
"I know that to most people, there is no context where a White person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now. I haven't said it in years. It's a very unusual word, but it's not my word to use. I never used it to be racist, because I'm not racist, but whenever you're in a situation where you have to say 'I'm not racist,' you've f**ked up, and I clearly have f**ked up," Rogan explained.
In a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Spotify's chief executive Daniel Ek said, "Not only are some of Joe Rogan's comments incredibly hurtful – I want to make clear that they do not represent the values of this company. I know this situation leaves many of you feeling drained, frustrated and unheard."
Rogan reportedly removed around 70 episodes of his podcast 'The Joe Rogan Experience' from Spotify. Ek agrees with this decision stating, "He chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify. He also issued his own apology over the weekend. While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more." Ek added, "I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer. We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope."
Dwayne Johnson, who earlier commented in support of him, retracted his support after finding out that he had used the N-word multiple times. People were also quick to call out Howard Stern for donning 'blackface' after the Joe Rogan controversy.