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‘I Will Stand By Him’: Outpouring Of Support For Joe Rogan From Former Guests, Some Vowing To Fight The Campaign To Cancel His Spotify Podcast

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Joe Rogan is currently embroiled in two controversies surrounding his massively popular podcast. While critics of Rogan have engaged in a campaign to try to force Spotify to cancel “The Joe Rogan Experience,” former guests of the show rallied around the beleaguered podcaster to fight back.

Spotify deleted roughly 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” last week without providing an explanation for the purge.

A few days earlier, a compilation video went viral of Rogan saying the N-word in past podcasts. Rogan used the racial slur 24 times from episodes recorded years ago, well before his deal with Spotify.

On Saturday, Rogan issued an apology for using the racial slur, calling it “the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.” Rogan said the clips were taken “out of context” from “12 years of conversations.”

This comes on the heels of a firestorm targeting Rogan and accusing him of spreading pandemic misinformation. The situation escalated when musicians threatened to remove their music libraries from Spotify, including Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, India Arie, and Nils Lofgren.

Numerous former guests of “The Joe Rogan Experience” voiced their support for the embattled podcaster. One of Rogan’s supporters even vowed to remove their content from Spotify if the streaming giant bends the knee to the outrage mob and cancels “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

MIT research scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman: “I stand with Joe Rogan. It is not a coincidence that the attacks calling him racist come as pressure on Spotify to censor builds. Politicians and the media profit on division & outrage. They fuel the extremes that make us believe we’re divided. We’re not. We’re in this together.”

Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard: “I get the feeling some people are using @joerogan’s COVID interview as a pretext to silence his voice because he’s not woke. Zealots of wokeism try to censor voices who don’t agree with theirs, because they fear the absurdity and weakness of their positions will be exposed.”

Rapper Zuby Music: “Joe Rogan has helped millions of people, all around the world, in a myriad of ways he can’t possibly fathom. He has contributed more good to humanity than ALL of his haters and detractors combined. Bunch of salty losers. Joe is a genuine, honest, kind human being. That’s why he is such a threat to people who are none of the above. I will vouch for him and defend him.”

Former Evergreen State College professor and author Bret Weinstein: “Joe Rogan is taking flak because he’s over the target. I support him for the same reason every other person who understands the relationship between a free exchange of ideas and liberty supports him.”

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Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro: “Nobody targeting Joe Rogan right now gives two damns about anything he’s said in the past. This is all just an opportunity for activists to destroy a guy who doesn’t carry water for those with institutional power, and whose audience dwarfs their own. It is that simple.”

Comedian Russell Peters: “This is my friend and brother @joerogan he’s a great human being and I will stand by him because I know WHO he is and not who they want you to think he is!”

Conservative cultural commentator Matt Walsh: “Nobody is offended by anything @joerogan said. Nobody is hurt. Nobody is a victim. They went digging for the ‘offensive’ comments. They’re happy to have found them. That’s why these damned vultures deserve a middle finger, not an apology. Rogan owes them nothing but contempt. Rogan is successful and a freethinker. That’s his crime. That’s why they’re coming for him. Not for anything he said about covid. Not for any jokes he made five ye… (Read more)

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