Spotify's CEO has defended keeping the "transphobic" Joe Rogan podcasts online.
Keep on reading to see what he had to say...
Joe Rogan is in trouble.
People aren't impressed with his narrow-minded views...
Now, Joe Rogan certainly has a colorful career.
via: GettyThough he initially started as a stand-up comedian, Joe found his fame from becoming an MMA interviewer and commentator and went on to win the World MMA Awards' Personality of the Year, 6 times.
But most of you will be more familiar with his podcast series...The Joe Rogan Experience. The JRE has since grown to become one of the world's most successful podcasts, with it receiving millions of listeners and viewers for every episode.
Joe's podcasts touch upon an array of topics...And reel in a variety of different guests, ranging from actors, musicians, political figures, sportsmen, authors, and beyond. Joe does, however, tend to avoid the more traditional interviewing methods, and instead opts for more lengthy, yet casual and relaxed conversations.
And his podcasts never fail to get people talking.We all remember that Elon Musk interview... Come on. You know the one. When, mid-interview, Elon casually lit a joint and puffed away on it like there was no tomorrow? Ring any bells?
Aside from smoking pot with his guests...
via: YouTubeJoe has been known to dabble in a little politics from time to time. From business tycoons to presidential candidates, you can guarantee that Joe's has had them on his show. Earlier this year, Joe became a top-trending Twitter topic after Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders appeared on his podcast.
We all know that Joe is a man who believes in free speech...
And it is shown in his podcasts. His lack of confrontation and overall, interested attitude suggests that he could potentially make an excellent interviewer and host more political debates and interviews in the future.
if you go on Joe Rogan you're going to be given time to articulate your views with very little pushback—this is exa… https://t.co/XVx9kBggHm— Rob (@Rob)1565213546.0
He has given us some classic interviews over the years...
via: TwitterHis episode with boxing legend Mike Tyson is easily one of his highlights.
But despite his huge success...Joe hasn't been viewed in a great light recently.
It all started when a video resurfaced on Twitter from a 2011 podcast featuring Rogan and his best friend, Joey "CoCo" Diaz.
via: TwitterJoey is a well-known comedian here in the States, and he is heard on the podcast making jokes about coercing women into having oral intercourse with him. He spoke about when he used to work at a comedy venue called The Belly Room and Joe couldn't contain his laughter when he explained how he would only allow female comedians onto the stage if they would perform inappropriate acts on him.
What Joey said was sicking...
via: Twitter"You think I'm f****** kidding? Yeah, you've got to suck my d*** to get up to The Belly Room. I'll make a call for you, that's the f****** gateway into coming into Hollywood, everyone knows that!" Joey disclosed that one of the women he assaulted wrote him a letter explaining that he "broke her", and Joe seemed to find this hilarious.
The person who shared the video on Twitter went on to explain the problem our country has with sexual assault...And how cities such as Los Angeles are "full of creeps and pedophiles."
People were left feeling furious over Joe's response to Joey's disgusting comments...
And many feel that this just goes to show what power can do to people - it can make them lose their humanity.
@ChemicalMishap @madflavor Success for a male comedian: Specials, TV shows, Movies. Success for a female comedian:… https://t.co/GSOWqjhiQ4— Clara (@Clara)1592609527.0
It seems that Joe's true colors are finally showing...And he's just gone and dug himself into an even deeper hole.
In his most recent podcast featuring Tim Kennedy, Joe decided to poke some fun at Caitlyn Jenner when discussing his joke-writing process.He spoke about the Caitlyn bit that he used in his Netflix special, Triggered, explaining in his eyes some people are born trapped in the wrong gender, while and others become that due to their environment.
He joked Caitlyn might be the latter by using the "he" pronoun and referring to her as Bruce.He also referred to the Kardashians as "crazy b******" who were probably the ones who drove Caitlyn crazy.
Even though Joe got a good laugh from his insensitive joke...Caitlyn herself wasn't impressed, and she decided to speak out about and defend herself and her family.
Speaking to TMZ, Caitlyn savagely hit back at the podcast host.
She then said:
Even though many people agree with what Caitlyn had to say about Joe...A large majority have been defending the podcast host... including the CEO of Spotify.
Earlier this year, Joe signed an exclusive licensing deal – estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars – with Spotify to distribute his podcast.While the host earlier insisted that the company has no creative control over JRE, its content moderation saw certain episodes removed that featured right-wing figures including Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes, citing its "hate content" and "anti-LGBTQ" jokes.
But earlier this week, on September 16th, Vice obtained questions and notes from a Spotify company meeting in which CEO Daniel Ek defended transphobic episodes remaining on the platform.
Daniel had warned employees not to speak to the media, urging, "If we can’t have open, confidential debates, we will have to move those discussions to closed doors."
Spotify has confirmed that due to "content moderation decisions" they have permanently deleted numerous episodes of… https://t.co/RhiM5S7VWF— ✡ YOUTUBE.COM / VITO (@✡ YOUTUBE.COM / VITO)1600285959.0
2 questions put forward concerning JRE were:
"Many LGBTQAI+/ally Spotifiers feel unwelcome and alienated because of leadership’s response in JRE conversations. What is your message to those employees?" and: "Why has Spotify chosen to ignore Spectrum ERG’s guidance about transphobic content in the JRE catalog?"
Additionally, Spotify's LGBTQAI+/ally staff members are demanding the company delete more episodes for what they cl… https://t.co/sO8ZNdOgw7— ✡ YOUTUBE.COM / VITO (@✡ YOUTUBE.COM / VITO)1600286358.0
Daniel reportedly said:
via: FacebookMany people have been defending Joe following this breakthrough.
"People shouldn't get so offended."
via: FacebookJust because a small percentage of people are offended, doesn't mean the podcast should be canceled completely.