Joe Rogan called gay and transgender people the ‘most vicious’ upholders of cancel culture in a rant on his podcast.
Rogan, 53, claimed on his July 21 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience that gay and transgender people have ‘been bullied’ and are now coming after people who are not members of the LGBTQ community, as spotted by Mediate.
‘You know what the thing that’s going on with the left – a lot of it is, they’re being bullies and a lot of the people that are progressive, that are really like open-minded, unfortunately, there is a lot of people on the left that were bullied by a**holes when they were young,’ Rogan said on the July 21 episode of his podcast.
Comedian Shane Gillis, who joined Rogan on his show, admitted he had been a bully himself but ‘not a mean one.’
Joe Rogan went on an anti-transgender and homophobic rant on a recent episode of his podcast, calling gay and transgender people the ‘most vicious’ champions of cancel culture
Comedian Shane Gillis, who joined Rogan on his show, admitted he had been a bully himself but ‘not a mean one’
‘So now they have serious resentment and want to go after the people,’ Rogan said.
Gillis then made comments about ‘nerd rage’ calling it ‘the meanest and saddest rage.’
‘It’s also people that – they don’t have a lot of love in their life. If they do have love, it’s like, very conditional and it’s very precarious,’ Rogan said.
He then admitted he was making ‘mass generalizations about huge swaths of people’ but called it a ‘personality trait that they have’ slamming gay and transgender people, particularly on the left, as ‘completely uncompassionate.’
‘Most of those people have experienced deep pain in their life. It’s that old expression hurt people hurt people. That’s why the cancel culture coming from the left is so vicious,’ Rogan said.
He added: ‘The most vicious shit is coming from like transgender people or gay people.’
‘Yeah, they’re all fired up. What are they all fired up about?’ Gillis then said.
‘They’ve been bullied. They’re angry. They’ve been picked on. So, when something happens – they come for you,’ said Rogan.
Rogan has been known to make comments offensive to the LGBTQ community.
In a March episode with comedian Jim Breuer, Rogan ripped into the motivations of people who transition – claiming that the ‘problem’ is that people ‘get praised for transferring your gender.’
‘Then it gets exciting for people to talk about, and then you get chastised for even discussing it in any weird way,’ Rogan said.
He added: ‘And then people who were marginalized for being – like, generally dumb people, if they transfer over and become another gender, then they get praised.’
‘There are a lot of people who are idiots, but then they become trans, and now all of a sudden we think they’re amazing.’
In 2013, Rogan referred to MMA fighter Fallon Fox – a transgender female who transitioned in 2006 – whom he called a ‘f***ing man.’
‘She calls herself a woman but … I tend to disagree,’ Rogan said on his podcast in according to Bleacher Report.
‘She used to be a man but now she has had, she’s a transgender which is (the) official term that means you’ve gone through it, right? And she wants to be able to fight women in MMA. I say no f***ing way.’
He continued: ‘I say if you had a dick at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a dick. You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints.’
‘You’re a f***ing man. That’s a man, OK? I don’t care if you don’t have a dick anymore.’
The broadcaster recently came under fire for telling young people not to get a COVID vaccine and even conceded he is ‘not a respected source of information’ and branded himself a ‘f**king moron’ while walking back those comments.
The former Fear Factor host had said on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience – the most popular podcast in the world on Spotify – that young adults should not get the vaccine.
He has also worked as a longtime UFC interviewer and color commentator, and has earned an estimated $100 million from his work.
Joe Rogan and his past controversies
Joe Rogan, who has often backed libertarian candidates for office, has previously faced controversies for his outspoken commentary.
Rogan has used the n-word uncensored multiple times on his show, typically when quoting others who have used it, that compilations have been created online showing him using the racial slur.
He has also hosted a number of guests on his show that have proved controversial, particularly conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of InfoWars.
Jones had been banned by Spotify from appearing in content on the platform for creating ‘hate content’ but Rogan interviewed him anyway and uploaded the interview to Spotify – earning swift backlash for letting him spread misinformation.
Rogan’s brand often rejects ‘political correctness’ as he slams ‘cancel culture’ but his comments and those from his guests have sparked accusations of for transphobia and Islamophobia.
He called MMA fighter Fallon Fox ‘a f**king man’ after she had transitioned in 2006, Bleacher Report noted.
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes once appeared on Rogan’s show where he argued that people who are Muslim are inbred. Rogan has also defended McInnes and the Proud Boys in a number of episodes.
Spotify has dropped a number of Rogan’s episodes with far-right figures including Jones and McInnes, as well as former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Variety reported.
The outlet noted that other Joe Rogan Experience episodes not available on the platform include those with Chris D’Elia – the stand-up comedian who was accused of sexual misconduct.
In one episode with D’Elia early into the coronavirus pandemic, Rogan boasted about his ability to obtain then-coveted COVID tests as angry fans called him out. At the time, it was very difficult to obtain tests.
In May 2020, Rogan signed a massive deal with Spotify that included (most of) his entire library of videos in a deal worth $100million, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Later in the year, Spotify workers threatened to strike – claiming that not including the controversial episodes did not go far enough, Digital Music News reported.
Afterward, Rogan issued ‘a rare public apology and correction’ over his claim that left-wing anarchists had set fires in Oregon, the outlet reported. Rogan had made those claims during an episode with Douglas Murray.