Joe Rogan has lost one of his most prominent supporters after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson responded to the popular podcaster’s repeated past use of the N-word.
In case you missed it, Rogan has been embroiled in a series of controversies since Neil Young spearheaded an exodus of artists from Spotify over Rogan’s pattern of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.
Rogan, for his part, posted a video to his Instagram defending his statements, but conceded that he would do his best “to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”
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The Rock was among a handful of celebrities to support Rogan in the aftermath, but now it seems he is walking that back after singer-songwriter India Arie posted a montage of clips featuring Rogan uttering the N-word two dozen times.
“I was not aware of his N word use prior to my comments, but now I’ve become educated to his complete narrative. Learning moment for me,” Johnson tweeted.
Thank you so much for this
I hear you as well as everyone here 100%
I was not aware of his N word use prior to my comments, but now I've become educated to his complete narrative.
Learning moment for me.
Mahalo, brother and have a great & productive weekend.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 5, 2022
Arie explained she was pulling her music from Spotify over Rogan’s “language around race,” and shared another video of Rogan referring to a Black neighborhood as “Planet of the Apes.”
She also talked about her decision to pull her music and podcast from Spotify during an interview on Tamron Hall.