White Podcast Host Joe Rogan Believes the Term ‘Black’ Is Weird

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Joe Rogan has, once again, sparked controversy after claiming on his podcast that it’s “very strange” to call yourself Black unless you’re from the “darkest place” of Africa. 

Joe Rogan, known for Fear Factor and his career as a UFC color commentator, now shares controversial opinions via his podcast, and his remarks about the term “Black” have placed him at the center of some familiar backlash. 

During an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the host tells clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, “The Black and white thing is so strange because … there’s such a spectrum of shades of people.” 

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Rogan and Peterson have both been described by the left as individuals who are full of intolerance, bigotry, anger and hatefulness. The not-so-intellectual remarks about race were made in reference to Michael Eric Dyson, an African American professor who once called Peterson a “mean angry white man,” a statement Rogan called dumb since his co-host is “not mean at all.” 

“Unless you are talking to someone who is like 100% African from the darkest place where they are not wearing any clothes all day and they’ve developed all that melanin to protect themselves from the sun … the term Black is weird,” said Rogan. 

Rogan has been in the heart of controversy for quite some time now, largely due to his eagerness to discuss misinformation and fringe beliefs about COVID-19 and vaccines on his show.  

Rolling Stone reported Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation, claimed in a recent episode that “mass formation psychosis” is to blame for people believing in vaccine efficacy and hospitals are financially rewarded for falsely diagnosing virus deaths—two completely unfounded narratives. 

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Rogan himself contracted COVID-19 in September 2021, per The Washington Post. He said he treated himself with a variety of medicines, including the antiparasitic drug ivermectin, which the Food and Drug Administration has strongly warned against using as a virus-fighting strategy. 

Following his conversation with Malone, a group of 270 doctors, physicians and science educators have penned an open letter urging Spotify to “mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform,” such as that spewed on Rogan’s podcast, which boasts nearly 11 million listeners per episode, per Rolling Stone.

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