NEW YORK — Popular American Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan apologized on Saturday after a video compilation aired that showed him using racial slurs in clips from episodes spanning a 12-year span.
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Rogan, who hosts a podcast called ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, said his use of slurs was “the most regrettable and shameful thing I’ve ever had to speak about publicly. “. But he said the clips were “taken out of context”.
“That’s not my word to use. I’m well aware of it now, but for years I used it that way,” he said during the six-minute video on his account. Instagram. “I never used it to be racist because I’m not racist.”
Rogan’s mea culpa follows Grammy-winning singer-songwriter India. Arie announced on Thursday that she was removing her music from the Spotify streaming service due to racial slurs Rogan uttered during her podcasts. She posted the video montage of Rogan’s clips on her Instagram account.
In his video, Arie said that even though some of Rogan’s conversations were taken out of context, “he shouldn’t say the word.”
“Don’t even say it in any context,” she added.
Rogan’s post on Saturday was directed to a video from a clip from his podcast from 11 years ago in which he talked about going to a movie theater in a black neighborhood to see “Planet of the Apes.”
“I was trying to make the story entertaining, and I said we went out and it was like we were in Africa. It’s like we were in ‘Planet of the Apes,'” Rogan said. . He said he wasn’t trying to be racist but realized it was “a silly thing” to say. He said he deleted the podcast but someone must have recorded the clip.
Rogan’s podcast has been at the center of a boycott
Rogan’s apology comes as Spotify vows to tackle the spread of COVID-19 misinformation as part of a damage control campaign sparked by musician Neil Young, who has called the streaming service’s top podcaster for amplifying vaccine skepticism.
Last Sunday, Spotify announced it would soon add a disclaimer before all podcasts that discuss COVID-19, directing listeners to factual, up-to-date information from scientists and public health experts. The company also aims to increase the transparency of its publishing decisions by defining the rules it uses to protect user safety.
Spotify garnered 31% of the world’s 524 million music stream subscriptions in the second quarter of 2021, more than double the second place of Apple Music, according to Midia Research. Spotify isn’t always popular with musicians, many of whom complain that they don’t pay them enough for their work.
Arie said on his video that Spotify is built on the back of the music streaming business and he’s using that money to reward Rogan in a lucrative deal. She said she didn’t want to generate money that pays for the podcaster.
“Just take me away,” she said.
Spotify did not immediately respond to request for comment.