On February 5th, podcaster Joe Rogan posted a video online where he addressed the mounting controversy over him having used the infamous “n-word” in years past – which his previous usage of the term was never used as an insulting epithet, but rather discussing the actual word itself in various instances and contexts.
But did the apology do the trick and resulted in Rogan no longer being the target of the cancel culture mob? Of course, it didn’t – because those apologies never work.
When speaking on the n-word debacle, Rogan described having to address his nonchalant usage of the term as being among “the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”
Nonetheless, Rogan afforded context regarding the 30-second clip circulating online that he said was “made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast.”
“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.
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.”
Rogan said that he’d never used the term as a means to directly attack or insult someone based upon their race but was using the term in instances like when he was either quoting someone or talking about how Redd Foxx used the term on television back in the 60s and 70s.
He further noted that he hadn’t used the word in years either due to him having already come to the conclusion that said term tends to carry a lot of baggage that will often offend people regardless of the context it’s used in.
Rogan added his “sincere and humble apologies” over the past comments and concluded with, “Hopefully, some of you will accept this and understand where I’m coming from.”
But of course, the apology didn’t work – they never work. The people who hate and are trying to have Rogan canceled are still as fervent in their endeavors as they were prior to his released video.
So, are these zealots using that same cancel culture energy for folks like Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygar, who’ve both used the infamous n-word on their show “The Young Turks”?
Of course not, despite a clip circulating of Kasparian and Uygar literally doing the same thing as Rogan had in past episodes.
And when it came to then-Senator Biden using the n-word in 1985, media outlets came out in droves to point out that Biden was simply “quoting” someone – a.k.a., they used the context argument that they’re now ignoring for Rogan.
A rather interesting switching of the goals posts.