‘Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he’s got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics,’ Trump began.
‘How many ways can you say you’re sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and frightened. That’s not you and it never will be!’ Trump wrote in a statement on Monday night.
On Saturday, Rogan has apologized after musical artist India Arie shared a compilation of Rogan where he could be heard repeatedly using the N-word on his podcast over the years.
He could then be heard making a joke about the movie ‘Planet of the Apes’ as he recalled a time when he was dropped off in a black neighborhood.
On Monday, former President Donald Trump said Rogan, who has apologized for using the N-word, shouldn’t apologize anymore
Writing on Gab, Trump said Rogan should stop apologizing and ‘just go about’ what he’s doing
The video compilation emerged when artist India.Arie posted it on her Instagram account, using the hashtag #DeleteSpotify.
‘They take this money that´s built from streaming, and they pay this guy $100 million, but they pay us like .003% of a penny,’ the Grammy winner wrote. ‘I don´t want to generate money that pays that.’
Rogan went on Instagram to apologize for his use of racial slurs saying that he had said things ‘that I wish I hadn’t said, or had said differently.’
He said that the slurs were the ‘most regretful and shameful thing’ he has ever had to address and that he hasn´t used the N-word in years.
Rogan himself said his use of the ‘N word’ over a 12-year period, highlighted in the compilation video, looked ‘horrible, even to me.’
Joe Rogan posted a nearly six minute video to Instagram Saturday in which he spoke about a video of him that contained resurfaced clips of him saying the N-word on his podcast
India Arie shared resurfaced clips of Spotify’s premier podcaster Joe Rogan repeatedly using the N-word, after pulling her discography from the popular streaming platform
He said he believed at the time that as long as he was using the word in context that people would understand his actions.
‘I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist,’ he said.
‘There’s nothing I can do to take that back. I wish I could. Obviously, that’s not possible. I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist, and I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism,’ Rogan said.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also said in a message to employees on Sunday that Rogan’s racist language was ‘incredibly hurtful’ and that the host was behind the removal of dozens of episodes of his show.
‘While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more,’ Ek said in the note. ‘And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.’
Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek wrote in a note to employees on Sunday that while he condemned podcaster Joe Rogan’s use of racist language, he did not believe that cutting ties with the popular personality was the answer. Ek’s message came a day after Rogan apologized for using racist slurs on his podcast and removed several episodes from Spotify
The letter is the clearest indication yet of where Spotify stands on Rogan´s fate with the company as some musicians, including Neil Young and India.Arie, have pulled their work from the streaming service in protest and others could follow.
Rogan’s podcast is a key part of the company´s strategy to be a one-stop shop for audio.
‘We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it´s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress,’ Ek wrote.
In his letter, Ek announced an investment of $100 million to license, develop and market ‘music and audio content from historically marginalized groups,’ without giving more details.
Rogan had been facing backlash for COVID-19 misinformation in his program hosted on Spotify, after singer-songwriters including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their content from the streaming platform.
The Joe Rogan Experience netted the podcaster a $100million deal from the premier streamer
The incidents prompted Spotify to add a ‘content advisory’ to any episode featuring discussion of COVID-19 as scientists and medical professionals urged the platform to prevent Rogan from spreading falsehoods.
Spotify said it would soon add a warning to all podcasts that discuss COVID-19, directing listeners to factual, up-to-date information from scientists and public health experts.
Rogan’s show, The Joe Rogan Experience, has become one of the most popular podcasts on Spotify after the streaming platform started featuring it in 2020.
Spotify’s exclusive licensing deal for the show was worth more than $100 million.
More than 70 episodes of Rogan’s podcast were removed from the platform over the weekend after he issued his first apology on Saturday.
Spotify’s market value dropped by around $2bn after singer Neil Young removed his music from the platform on January 24 in protest against its decision to host Joe Rogan’s podcast
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell also asked to have her music removed from Spotify four days later
On Monday, the CEO of Rumble, a YouTube-style website popular among U.S. conservatives, offered Rogan $100 million over four years to move his show over to their platform.
Launched in 2013, Canada-based Rumble has also entered an agreement to deliver video and streaming for Truth Social, former U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed social media app.
Spotify reports having 406 million active monthly users, up nearly 20% from last year, and advertising has grown largely because of podcasts.
Musicians still generate the bulk of Spotify´s profits, experts say.
The company had 31% of the 524 million music streaming subscriptions worldwide in the second quarter of 2021, more than double that of second-place Apple Music, according to Midia Research.