Spotify started removing more than 80 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience last Friday. Now, they also deleted several episodes of Joe Rogan’s famous podcast show, including the interview with Tool’s famous frontman Maynard James Keenan, after he used racial slurs within them.
These 80+ episodes in question are all of them in 2019 and are unrelated to his ongoing controversy over pandemic misinformation. Arie recently expressed her opposition to Spotify on Instagram in which she claimed she’d found 24 instances where he used the N-wordand claimed that his attempts to analyze it were indecent.
Joe Rogan answered about his words:
“He should not even be saying this word. Don’t even mention it in any way, no matter what context. Do not say it. This is where I am. I’ve always stood there. In the aftermath, Spotify pulled Joe Rogan’s interview with Maynard, in addition, to an interview with comics Bill Burr, Tom Segura as well as Pete Holmes. Although they attempted to do it with very little publicity, however, users of the Joe Rogan Subreddit figured things out. The majority of episodes, as should be noted, date from before the year 2019 and don’t have any connection to pandemic false information. The only thing that is racist are slurs. Hoo boy.
It’s important to note that Rogan apology on his personal Instagram and said the following: “Now I know that to most people there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now. I haven’t said it in years, but for a long time, when I would bring that word up like if it would come up in conversation, instead of saying ‘the N-word’, I would just say the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.”
She also added:
“(Joe Rogan) shouldn’t even be uttering the [n-]word. Don’t even say it, under any context. That’s where I stand. I have always stood there.” She continues to then blast Spotify, “We have this person who is offensive to a lot of people and is paid $100 million. The backbone of Spotify is music. You pay the musicians .003-.005 percent of a penny and take this money generated over here and use it to invest in this guy? Do you what you want, but take me off. Or pay me too. I mean us. Pay artists like me too. Pay podcasters of color too.”
From the official subreddit to Joe Rogan Experience, according to the official subreddit for Joe Rogan Experience, the episodes mentioned by Arie were taken off the list by Spotify on Friday.
Other episodes canceled by Spotify included guest appearances from comedy stars Bill Burr, Tom Segura along with Pete Holmes, and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan.
Spotify hasn’t yet made public statements regarding the cancellation of these shows. In the Joe Rogan – Maynard James Keenan interview, they mentioned: “Based on some of the things I’ve kind of seen online and the chit chat and overhearing conversations with people that are part of NASA and that kind of things and they kind of go, ‘We’ve got 400 years and the planet is done. There are natural resources and all those things to start to kind of fall apart then weird diseases start showing up, weird funguses that take you out that didn’t before…”
It was Rogan who kept the conversation grounded, stating, “I don’t think the world is going to end but I think it’s very likely that human beings will be drastically diminished. That’s my point. The thing that we just are so arrogant about is that we’re somehow included in the future. We’re just not included. We are not included.” Check the Instagram post below!