Failed politician Caitlyn Jenner has voiced her support for Joe Rogan, the controversial host of a Spotify podcast.
Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, initially drew criticism and added attention due to rampant misinformation being spread about the ongoing viral pandemic. The criticism led some, like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to pull their music from the platform in protest. The additional attention has also brought out more examinations of the podcast revealing that Rogan had often used racist slurs, called a movie theater in a Black Philadelphia neighborhood a "planet of the apes," and frequently endorsed and spewed transphobic rhetoric. All of this has caused the likes of Mary L. Trump and Roxane Gay to remove their podcasts from the platform as well.
"We're in la la land," he said of her in a July 16, 2020 episode.
Spotify seems to have very little appetite for canceling Rogan's podcast. Instead, the company announced plans to crack down on pandemic misinformation -- this would include content advisories much like Facebook and Instagram offer. In addition, once a video montage surfaced of Rogan using a racist slur multiple times across multiple episodes, Spotify silently removed as many as 70 episodes. It was expected that each included at least one utterance of the slur. Rogan said that the clips were out of context, included conversations that spanned 12 years, and were mostly quotes. In a video response, the podcast host said he now understood that using the word in any context is inappropriate and that he hadn't in years.
"It's not my word to use," he said. "I'm well aware of that now."
Spotify reportedly paid $100 million for the podcast and it is said to be the service's most popular show.