After sliding over to Spotify for $200 million, Joe Rogan has been having his fair share of troubles with the politically correct police from the progressive left. Their idea that to achieve and sustain success you need to conform to their ideals is disgusting as it is. When they throw in the demand that if you don’t, they will do everything they can to sabotage and cancel your success is not what America is about.
The 1st Amendment is not absolute. It does not protect you over the actions of your fellow citizens and their efforts. If they claim that you have said something offensive and cry enough to get someone to do something about it, then that’s all that can be done about the situation. There is no protection from someone going after your employer for what you said, or from someone slapping you across the mouth for it (ala Will Smith on Chris Rock at the Oscars).
What it does protect you from is the government telling you that you cannot say something or have a belief. While there may be laws that interfere with something like a ritualistic animal sacrifice or yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, by and large, you are free to do and say as you please in the U.S. Considering Rogan makes his living off what he says and what he does, this guarantee of freedom of expression is crucial for him.
Trying to take this away from him is not only wrong, but it is immoral. So, Joe has been backed into a corner by many in the cancel culture after a video surfaced of him using the n-word repeatedly. Now mind you, this is a highly edited clip, and without the context for these uses like using an album title from the ’70s or telling an old Red Fox joke, it sounds highly offensive.
By pumping that video across social media at a wildfire rate, the cancel culture crew from the progressive left ensured Rogan got put dead center of their sights and they fired as much as they could at him. Yet, Spotify has stuck by him minus an episode of old material or two, so Rogan has been cranking material out. As the pressure builds for them to do something about this, Spotify seems more committed to Rogan than ever.
Rogan, on the other hand, isn’t so sure about that. “If I become something different because it grew bigger, I will quit. If it gets to a point that I can’t do it anymore, where I have to do it in some sort of weird way where I walk on eggshells and mind my p’s and q’s, f*ck that!” He’s right to feel that way, too. As much as progressives love to claim that only misguided white college-aged guys love Rogan, there are people from all walks of life who tune into his podcast daily.
He is one of the few with a truly global audience, and he embraces it. He invites people on to get to know them and to get their stories told to others. He’s never been one to bring someone on to mock them, or to be rude. He is more than happy to have his people investigate what you are saying as well. This level of transparency and openness is not common these days.
Should Spotify drop Rogan, he won’t be out of work long. Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski has already made him an offer of $100 million to bring the show over to his platform. While not currently as well-known as Spotify, they have a certain way of doing things that just might work for Rogan’s message, if push came to shove. “We stand with you, your guests, and your legion of fans in desire for real conversation. So we’d like to offer you 100 million reasons to make the world a better place.”