Rogan continued, “Because it’s your privilege to express yourself when other people of colour have been silenced throughout history. It will be, you’re not allowed to go outside. Because so many people were imprisoned for so many…”
While List (like many a listener) thought such statements were largely said in jest, Rogan continued in earnest, adamant that his argument held truth as he expressed, “I’m not joking.” He added: “It really will get there. It’s that crazy. We just gotta be nice to each other, man. And there’s a lot of people that are taking advantage of this weirdness in our culture, and then that becomes their thing. Their thing is calling people out for their privilege, calling people out for their position. You know, so, it’s f***ing crazy times.”
As cancel culture has reached something of a fever pitch in recent times, debate surrounding whether it has gone too far continues to divide. For many, cancel culture presents grave dangers as in simply cancelling people, we don’t offer them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to do better in the future. In many ways, it’s an easy solution that doesn’t address the root problem. That said, Rogan’s comments are hard to take seriously, particularly when coming from someone who sold his show to Spotify for a reported $100 million and is in no danger of being silenced.
As one social media user commented, “Respectfully, I would argue that not being allowed to talk is the exact opposite of the problem Joe Rogan has.” Another added, “Sharing space is not the same as being silenced, you f***.”
Safe to say, it’s not the first time Rogan has sparked heated debate over comments made on his podcast. Just recently he claimed far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was right “about actual microchips being injected into your arm to see if you have Covid-19,” a claim that has absolutely no merit to it whatsoever.