Joe Rogan has issued a statement expressing his regret over his use of the “N-word” in clips circulated by songstress India Arie.
Rogan was depicted using the racial slur two dozen times in the clips, which were used by Arie to illustrate why she was withdrawing her music from Spotify, where Rogan licenses his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.
He responded via Instagram, calling the clip “The most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.” Rogan said the video consisted of “out of context” snippets from “12 years of conversations” on his show.
“It looks f–king horrible. Even to me.”
“I know that to most people, there is 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. 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’s defense was that he would often use the word in the context of discussing comics of the past who used the word, like Lenny Bruce and Paul Mooney.
“It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use,” he continued. “I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist, but whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say ‘I’m not racist,’ you’ve f–ked up, and I clearly have f–cked up.”
He also addressed a bit in the clips wherein he referred to a black neighborhood as “Planet of the Apes,” after going to see the movie with friends in Philadelphia.
“I was trying to make the story entertaining,” Rogan said. “I did not, nor did I ever say that black people are apes, but it sure f–king sounded like that.”
“It wasn’t a racist story, but it sounded terrible.”