Podcaster Joe Rogan has blasted CNN after it smeared him as someone “with a history of making racist, homophobic and transphobic comments.”
CNN made the claim shortly after 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shared a clip of Rogan saying, “I think I'll probably vote for Bernie” on Twitter.
“I think I'll probably vote for Bernie… He's been insanely consistent his entire life. He's basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from.” -Joe Rogan pic.twitter.com/fuQP0KwGGI
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 23, 2020
CNN and many others then proceeded to describe Rogan as racist, homophobic, and transphobic.
Bernie Sanders is facing a backlash from some Democrats after his campaign trumpeted an endorsement from comedian Joe Rogan, a popular podcast and YouTube talk show host with a history of making racist, homophobic and transphobic comments https://t.co/9Uh2b3Da5R
— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2020
In a recent podcast, Rogan addressed the smears and pointed out that CNN was using an out of context clip:
“What was fascinating to me was that these people, like f*cking CNN, printed something saying that I was homophobic and transphobic and there's a clip that they're using that's completely out of context.”
Rogan added that he loves gay people, trans people, and everybody.
Rogan went on to describe the clip that's being used to accuse him of being transphobic and said it's about a transgender fighter who was a man for 30 years and then transitioned to being a woman for two years.
The fighter didn't disclose that she used to be a man and then started fighting women which led to one biological female opponent suffering severe facial injuries.
“If she disclosed it and everyone knew, I'm 100% in favor,” said Rogan. “This has only do with athletics. That's it. In terms of your gender identity, and who you are, and what you want to do, I don't care.”
Rogan added that “there is a gigantic physical advantage men have” when it comes to fighting.
“In this whole race to be woke and including transgender women in female sports, biological women are the ones getting f*cked over, when these trans women are winning world records and becoming world champions,” Rogan said. “It's where the rubber meets the road between pragmatic, objective people that are analyzing all the facts and people who want to stick with the woke ideology and they don't want to hear from the other side.”
Rogan also responded to the accusations of being homophobic by pointing out that one of the most popular Rogan memes online is in support of gay marriage.
The meme is based on a 2012 tweet from Rogan where he said: “The people that oppose gay marriage are either dumb or secretly worried that c*cks are delicious.”
The people that oppose gay marriage are either dumb or secretly worried that cocks are delicious.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 8, 2012
Love this quote from @joerogan on #gay marriage pic.twitter.com/6WVesQvh
— St Mungo's LGBTQIA+ (@StMungosLGBTQIA) February 19, 2013
When it comes to the reason for these smears, Rogan said he believes it's a combination of several reasons which include people trying to “marginalize” Sanders and “people that don't want anyone who's not woke to represent anything on the left.”
He also noted that: “This podcast has gotten way too big and it actually can influence elections.”
Rogan, however, did see the irony in the whole situation and described how in the extended version of the clip shared by Sanders, he said you can take the worst aspects of anyone to make them look bad – foreshadowing what CNN and others are now doing to Rogan with an out of context clip:
“What's really funny is that the thing that I said in the video was exactly what they did. I said, if you just take the worst aspects of someone, take out everything else, magnify it, and you can paint them out to be a real piece of sh*t.”