Joe Rogan is not a Republican, he’s actually a Libertarian. In the 2020 election he cast a ballot for Jo Jorgensen rather than Joe Biden or Donald Trump.
But listeners who tune into to his massively popular show often hear Republican talking points. Rogan took heat a few weeks back for telling young listeners they didn’t have to get the COVID vaccine. And he constantly rails against “cancel culture.”
During a recent broadcast, Rogan complained, “And if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all of these demands, it will eventually get to ‘straight white men are not allowed to talk.’ Because it’s your privilege to express yourself when other people of color have been silenced throughout history. It will be, ‘you’re not allowed to go outside because so many people were imprisoned for so many years.’ I’m not joking. It really will get there.”
Joe Rogan got a $100m contract from Spotify. He has the most popular podcast on their platform –yet he says straight white men are being silenced. What am I missing? Is he not straight & White? Why is he playing the victim?
— The Chat (@LiveOnTheChat) May 19, 2021
Don Lemon responded to those comments last night. “There is an important debate right now about cancel culture and wokeness, questions about what either term even means and what happens if it goes too far. There are legitimate questions about that. But acknowledging the oppression, discrimination or differences of others does not silence anyone else.”
The CNN host continued:
“No matter what he has said, he has not been silenced. He has a huge megaphone with millions of loyal listeners, all of whom every single day say whatever they want. Joe Rogan is part of the conversation. There’s a lot I can go on about, especially about straight white men. You’re aggrieved now? Okay. No one is stopping Joe Rogan or any other straight white man from expressing themselves, period.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.