All the Rogan I need


I’ve listened to short clips of Joe Rogan — I can’t stand much more. He’s a pompous dudebro who’s usually having conversations with other dudebros, or some famous IDW twit, and he’s a terrible interviewer. So here’s a perfect example, another short clip in which he’s hanging with his entourage, bantering with some barely coherent gomers, talking about the time he went to see a movie in a black neighborhood, and his first thought on seeing the audience was that this was the Planet of the Apes.

Yes, it ends with Alex Jones decrying Rogan — they’re apparently having some kind of feud. Don’t care. They deserve each other.

There’s also an extended clip out there in which Rogan goes on to say that it was a positive experience, that the crowd was generous and fun, as if that salvages him from being racist. No, guy, it doesn’t: if your first impression on seeing a black person is “non-human primate”, you are definitely racist as fuck. You don’t get to say you’re not racist, the best you can do is admit that you are racist, but that you’re trying hard to improve.

Unfortunately, he could develop into a saintly egalitarian in the future, and I won’t know it, because watching that clip already exceeded my yearly quota of Rogan, and I’m not watching any more.

Comments

  1. Saad says

    No surprise there. He has been a sexist and transphobic asshole in the past as well. I mean if there’s one thing we can expect from the IDW crowd, it’s bigotry.

  2. says

    You don’t get to say you’re not racist, the best you can do is admit that you are racist, but that you’re trying hard to improve.

    Of course, you’d have to recognize that there’s something wrong with it first.

  3. says

    I tuned out a few years back when he allowed one of his celebrity guests to rant about his divorce and recent ex-wife and they both went on about complaints they about women. Yikes.

  4. Ragutis says

    Admittedly, the most of Rogan that I’ve seen was from the News Radio days, but I’ve seen him do a few decent interviews, such as the one with Brian Cox, which I just watched a few days ago. Following that, this is as disappointing as the first time I checked out his stand-up on YouTube. Yet another one of those reasonably smart people that for some reason too often insists on thinking/believing/acting stupid.

  5. kebil says

    I thought he said he was going to see the movie “Planet of the Apes”, and when he got there “it was like Africa”. I assumed he meant the crowd was mostly African-Americans. The other things he said were pretty awful though.

  6. kebil says

    Oooops. I was wrong. He was going to see Planet of the Apes, but he then said he walked into a planet of the apes. My bad. In my defense…. I was just wrong

  7. Chris Capoccia says

    Rogan knows a lot about fighting. When he talks about fighting he’s always very knowledgeable about history of past fights, offensive and defensive moves, and everything related to fighting. He also knows a lot about fitness, strength training and even doping. For a lot of other topics, his comments are worse than useless

  8. migrations says

    Joe Rogan is really actually very entertaining. He’s a smart guy who has changed his feelings on things over time. He used to be a total crank but now he’s pretty much a skeptic and always has great science and Skepticism guests among the comedians and athletes and, well, everyone else. Just a few weeks ago he had David Sinclair, a Professor in the Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He still says dumb shit once in a while but it’s mostly smart and funny. His interview with mycologist Paul Stamets was particularly good.

    I’m not too surprised that you can find a video of an edgy stand up comedian who does hundreds if not thousands of hours of podcasting a year making a racist joke. It wasn’t even a joke it was a humorous comparison. If there was a pattern of this type of speech I would call him racist, but there isn’t and I’ve never heard anything racist on his show from him. Be makes fun of Brazilian accents, which is pretty funny actually. This video was from a while ago and he’s changed a lot of his views over time.

    Anyways you guys should check out his podcast, it’s actually really funny and smart. It’s definitely better than this article. I usually like this blog but I’ve been listening to Joe Rogan for a long time and that video and this article don’t represent what you get from him at all nowadays.

  9. John Morales says

    migrations, really? Let’s see what Google shows me.

    <clickety-click>

    (very first hits)

    Videos
    Joe Rogan – Male Feminists Are Weasels
    JRE Clips
    YouTube – Jul 27, 2018

    Joe Rogan – Feminism is Sexist Towards Women
    JRE Clips
    YouTube – Apr 29, 2017

    Joe Rogan – Feminists Don’t Want Their ‘Theories’ Tested: Here’s Why
    JRE Clips
    YouTube – Oct 31, 2018

    (Amusingly, a bit further down the page, how he’s seen by some):
    “Joe Rogan, Academics Expose Truth About Feminist Theory
    Oct 31, 2018 – Joe Rogan and two academics who ecposed the “peer reviewed” study industry, turned their fire to the truth about feminist theory.”

    (heh)

  10. connorhicks says

    Just FYI, “JRE Clips” is in no way affiliated with Joe Rogan. They’re clickbait posts for the sort of people who enjoy “Ben Shapiro destroys xyz” videos.

    I also listen regularly to the JRE podcast and think any claim of racism is ridiculous. The fact they had to go that far back to find something remotely racist kind of proves the point.

    He’s not for everyone though and that’s fine.

  11. John Morales says

    connorhicks:

    Just FYI, “JRE Clips” is in no way affiliated with Joe Rogan. They’re clickbait posts for the sort of people who enjoy “Ben Shapiro destroys xyz” videos.

    Apparently, the sort of people who enjoy “Ben Shapiro destroys xyz” videos are are also the sort of people to whom Joe Rogan appeals. Those to whom you refer as clickbaitees.

    He’s not for everyone though and that’s fine.

    Got it, he’s for people like you.

  12. connorhicks says

    @John Morales Yes, people can have different interests and different senses of humour, and most can still get along.

  13. John Morales says

    connorhicks, no worries. You go on enjoying your pabulum, that’s no reason not to get along.

  14. Saad says

    migrations, #10

    It wasn’t even a joke it was a humorous comparison.

    Calling an area with black people planet of the apes is a humorous comparison? Are you sure it’s not a racist comparison?

    I’ve never heard anything racist on his show from him. Be [sic] makes fun of Brazilian accents, which is pretty funny actually.

    I bet you wish you had proofread that before posting it.

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