NATIONAL NEWS

Joe Rogan apologizes for using racial slurs

Feb 5, 2022, 12:13 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:40 pm
Joe Rogan (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)...
Joe Rogan (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

New York, NY (CNN) Joe Rogan issued an apology on Instagram Saturday after artist India Arie posted a compilation of the podcaster frequently using the N-Word on his podcast.

Rogan used the word more than 20 times in the clips, which he said were compiled over a span of 12 years. In his apology, Rogan said it’s the “most regretful and shameful thing” he has ever had to address publicly.

“I know that to most people, there’s no context where a White person is ever allowed to say that, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that,” he said. “Now, I haven’t said it in years,” Rogan added.

Arie is among a number of musical artists who asked that their music be removed from Spotify because of Covid-19 misinformation aired on Rogan’s show. The Grammy-award winner said that while she empathizes with artists who asked for their content to be taken off due to Covid-19 misinformation, her protest is also about his language around race.

Arie used the #DeleteSpotify hashtag to her almost 1 million followers on Instagram.

Rogan “shouldn’t even be uttering the word,” Arie said. “Don’t even say it, under any context. Don’t say it. That’s where I stand. I have always stood there.”

“They take this money that’s built from streaming, and they pay this guy $100 million, but they pay us like .003% of a penny,” Arie said on Instagram. “Just take me off. I don’t want to generate money that pays that.”

According to a 2021 report from The New York Times, music industry estimates place Spotify’s payout rate to musical artists at a half-cent per stream, a rate that is often divided among record companies and artists.

Spotify quietly removed more than 70 episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast Friday, according to the tracking site jremissing.com. The streaming company has not returned CNN Business’ request for comment on whether the removal is related to the controversy surrounding the podcaster.

Rogan’s show on Spotify, which he joined in September 2020, has more than 1,700 numbered episodes. The episodes that were removed predate the pandemic.

Neil Young was the first recording artist to ask that his music be removed from the platform on January 25. He was joined by Joni Mitchell shortly after and a growing list of musicians and personalities then followed them to call out Spotify or to leave the channel. Spotify exclusively hosts the popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” on which Covid-19 vaccine misinformation has been spread.

Spotify responded to criticism, saying it is adding a content advisory to any podcast episode — not just Rogan’s — that includes discussion about Covid-19, a move Rogan has said he agrees with.

“It’s become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time,” CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek said in a statement earlier this week.

Spotify has not yet responded to CNN with comment on Rogan’s past use of racial slurs. Rogan claims that he previously used the N-Word word as part of a context — such as when he discussed a Richard Pryor album or the repeated use of the word in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.”

“There’s nothing I can do to take that back,” Rogan said. “… I do hope that if anything, that this can be a teachable moment, because I never thought it would ever be taken out of context and put in a video like that.”

Rogan said in his apology he’s “not racist.”

“Whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say, I’m not racist, you f**ked up, and I clearly have f**ked up,” Rogan said.

Rogan also addressed a video of him comparing a Black neighborhood to a Planet of the Apes movie. “I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism,” Rogan said.

Last week, Rogan also brought up the subject of race in an episode of his podcast with guest Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and climate change skeptic. After a brief discussion of the “spectrum of shades of people,” Rogan said it was strange to call someone Black or White based on their skin tone.

CNN’s Scottie Andrew contributed to this report.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a reception to celebrate the Jewish New Year with ...
MATTHEW LEE, FATIMA HUSSEIN and AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press

Biden vows Russia won’t ‘get away with’ Ukraine annexation

The United States and its allies are hitting back at Russia’s annexation of four more Ukrainian regions, slapping sanctions on more than 1,000 Russian individuals and companies.
22 hours ago
A dip in suicide rates in 2019 continued into 2020, but the CDC report, released on September 30, s...
Deidre McPhillips, CNN

US suicide rates rose in 2021, reversing two years of decline

A dip in suicide rates in 2019 continued into 2020, but a CDC report released on Sept. 30 shows that 2021 reversed most of that improvement and brought rates back to near-record levels.
22 hours ago
FILE - The newly painted Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen with t...
Forrest Brown, CNN

Florida theme parks and tourist attractions: What’s open and closed

Walt Disney World and a few other places reopened on Friday, and other major spots aim to reopen this weekend.
22 hours ago
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Chief Justice John Roberts pause for...
MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Justice Jackson makes Supreme Court debut in brief ceremony

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has made her first appearance on the Supreme Court bench in a brief courtroom ceremony three days before the start of the high court’s new term.
22 hours ago
Rain from Hurricane Ian floods a street on September 30, 2022 in Charleston, South Carolina. Ian hi...
Meg Kinnard and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

Ian makes landfall again, this time in South Carolina

Hurricane Ian has made another landfall, this time in South Carolina, after carving a swath of destruction across Florida earlier this week.
22 hours ago
COMMUNITY -- "Basic Human Anatomy" Episode 410 -- Pictured: (l-r) Danny Pudi as Abed, Yvette Nicole...
Leah Asmelash, CNN

A ‘Community’ movie is finally on its way

"Community," the comedy series about a group of students at a community college, will return with a long-awaited movie on Peacock.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Joe Rogan apologizes for using racial slurs