Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan has responded to clips resurfaced by singer-songwriter India Arie that showed him using the N-word over a dozen times on “The Joe Rogan Experience. ”
In a video posted on Instagram Saturday, Rogan admitted his comments in Arie’s compilation video are “shameful.”
“I’m making this video to talk about the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly,” Rogan said. “There’s a video out that’s a compilation of me saying the N-word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me, over twelve years of conversations of me on my podcast. It’s all smushed together and it looks fu–ing horrible, even to me.”
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Rogan, who is white, claimed he hasn’t used the racial slur in years.
“I know for some people there is no context that a white person should be ever allowed to say that word, let alone publicly on a podcast. I agree with that now, I haven’t said it in years,” he stated.
Rogan then tried to clarify, saying he only used the word while quoting others and “instead of saying ‘the N-word,’ I would just say the word.”
He admitted the situation is “fu–ed up,” but said he’s not a racist.
“I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist, but whenever you have to be in a situation where you say ‘I’m not racist,’ you fu–ed up,” he said, adding that he hopes this is a “teachable moment.”
His comments came after Grammy-winning singer India Arie posted an Instagram story on Friday that included a video of Rogan saying the N-word over and over again.
“He shouldn’t even be uttering the word. Don’t even say it, under any context. Don’t say it. That’s where I stand. I have always stood there,” she said. Another video shared by the singer-songwriter showed Rogan describing Black neighborhoods as like “Africa” and “Planet of the Apes.”
Arie is one of several musicians who have publicly spoken out and demanded their work be removed from streaming platform Spotify because of Rogan spreading COVID-19 misinformation on his podcast. Among other artists boycotting Spotify are Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
There have also been reports that the Obamas are considering leaving Spotify as their contract nears its end amid the Rogan controversy. The New York Post reported Saturday that Spotify has removed over 100 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” amid the controversy.