American podcaster Joe Rogan apologizes for racial slurs this time

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After his first apology over spreading COVID-19 misinformation in his program, American podcaster Joe Rogan proffered an apology for the second time in a week. This time he apologized for using racial slurs after a video in which he is repeatedly saying the N-word surfaced.

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 showing Rogan using the N-word.


The photo shows a screen displaying the Joe Rogan podcast and a smartphone with Spotify's logo, Toulouse, southwestern France, Jan. 31, 2022. (AFP Photo)
The photo shows a screen displaying the Joe Rogan podcast and a smartphone with Spotify’s logo, Toulouse, southwestern France, Jan. 31, 2022. (AFP Photo)

Media reports on Saturday said more than 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast had been removed from the Spotify Technology SA 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 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.

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