Rogan then feels compelled to add his two cents. “The Black and white thing is so strange. There’s such a spectrum of shades of people,” the former UFC commentator blurts out, casually adding: “Unless you’re talking to someone who’s like 100% African, from the darkest place, where they’re not wearing any clothes all day and they’ve developed all that melanin to protect themselves from the sun. Even the term Black is weird.”
How does one even begin to unpack this sheer and utter dumpster fire of nonsense?
Truthfully, this read would like a litany of foul language if anyone other than Trevor Noah, who was born during Apartheid—to a Black mother and white father—in South Africa, responded. So here goes. Take it away Trevor.
You would think that even Rogan would know his show is already on the line after hundreds of doctors, scientists, and health professionals wrote an open letter to Spotify demanding that the streaming service acknowledge the misinformation being shoveled daily to his 11 million listeners.
That and the fact that singer Neil Young briefly posted a public letter calling on Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan—Spotify began removing Young’s music and #DeleteSpotify began trending on Twitter.
Young’s record label, Warner Bros-owned Reprise Records, supported their client, saying that around 60% of Young’s streaming music was on Spotify. “Thank you Warner Brothers for standing with me and taking the hit—losing 60% of my worldwide streaming income in the name of Truth,” he wrote.
But let’s get back to Rogan’s history of racism. In response to Trevor Noah’s tweet, this commenter pulled up a real doozy from Rogan’s past.
Rogan tells the story of a car service driver—who he describes as someone who “barely speaks English”—taking him to see the film Planet of the Apes. Rogan asks the driver if the theater is in a “good neighborhood,” and, of course, we know what that means. When he arrives, Rogan says, he got out of the car and was excited to “see Planet of the Apes, but we walk into the planet of the apes. We walked into Africa too.”
The problem with Rogan isn’t just that he’s a racist, but that he’s a white millionaire who doesn’t get it and doesn’t have to. He’s the latest symbol of privilege and entitlement. He can say what he wants and there are zero consequences. He can hawk ivermectin and the monoclonal antibody treatments that most people can’t get their hands on even if they did actually work.
He can criticize NFL superstar Colin Kaepernick without even understanding why he’s been protesting, serve up a big, sweet slice of racism cake to his listeners, and still have no idea the depth of division he’s causing and the bigotry he’s inciting.