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Popular U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan apologizes for using racial slurs

Stock MarketsFeb 05, 2022 08:00PM ET
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(Reuters) -Joe Rogan, the popular U.S. podcaster, issued an apology for the second time in a week, this time for using racial slurs after a montage video surfaced showing him repeatedly saying the N-word.

In an apology video posted on Instagram on Saturday, Rogan said it was the "most regretful and shameful thing that I've ever had to talk about publicly." During the video, Rogan said footage that emerged of him using the epithet had been taken out of context, but looked "horrible, even to me."

Rogan's apology came after Grammy award winning singer-songwriter India Arie pulled her music from the Spotify streaming service, which hosts Rogan's podcast, after posting clips on her Instagram feed of him using the N-word.

In his apology, Rogan said the montage showed him using the epithet in conversations on shows over the last 12 years, and included examples of him discussing its use by Black and white comedians and others. He said he had not spoken it in years.

"It's not my word to use. I am well aware of that now, but for years I used it in that manner," he said. "I never used it to be racist because I'm not racist."

Media reports on Saturday said more than 70 episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast had been removed from the Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) service.

Spotify did not return a request for comment.

On Monday, Rogan had apologized amid a backlash against COVID-19 misinformation in his program, and Spotify said it would add a content advisory to any episode with discussion of the virus.

Rogan, a mixed martial arts commentator and prominent vaccine skeptic, has stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic and on vaccines and government mandates to control the spread of the virus.

Singer-songwriters Neil Young and Joni Mitchell announced last week that they were removing their music from Spotify in protest at coronavirus misinformation broadcast on the platform.

Popular U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan apologizes for using racial slurs
 

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Co Gonz
Co Gonz Feb 06, 2022 10:56AM ET
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Fake news: there wasn’t anything for him to apologize for
Jay Os
Jay Os Feb 06, 2022 4:02AM ET
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they are in red only CNN lose 80% of customers due to spread covid, so no matter book and others will follow them to grave
Al Gore
Al Gore Feb 05, 2022 11:17PM ET
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white people are the real victims in this world
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Thomas Phantom Feb 05, 2022 11:17PM ET
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hes clearly a victim of stupidity...sad
Rajeev Sharma
Rajeev Sharma Feb 05, 2022 10:34PM ET
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Rogan will start their own media and competite with Spotify.
Stanislav Ivanovskiy
Stanislav Ivanovskiy Feb 05, 2022 5:41PM ET
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Niger is a country!
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Owotabi Olaleye Feb 05, 2022 5:21PM ET
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is it true requiement for the media to people
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There is not truth requirement for the media. People tend to remember a headline not the. content of a story
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So is he not allowed to discuss the "n word"? Then Spotify removes all the evidence, so no one can check for themselves. Prudes, with so many rules about how you may speak, prudes!
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such a joke. BFD
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they are in red only CNN lose 80% of customers due to spread covid, so no matter book and others will follow them to grave
 
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