Rogan’s Latest Apology

More on Joe Rogan, which might be counter productive, because I’m keeping the argument alive, adding fuel to the fire, when it must be best to just let the argument die, he’s going to continue with his podcast and the people who hate him are going to continue to hate him, whether they’ve got a good reason or not.
The most recent accusation, after the accusations of trans-phobia because he doesn’t believe trans-women belong in women’s sports, which a lot of female athletes agree with, and of being a crazed anti-vaxxer because he had some crazed anti-vaxxers on his show, is that he is a racist, because somebody made a tape of all the times he said that forbidden word which is an anagram of Ginger (see Tim Minchin – Racism, a great song, you can find it on YouTube).
Well, I watched his apology, and it was an apology and a vow never to use that word again, but the part that struck me was this: “I know for most people there’s no context where a white person is allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast, and I agree with that now. I haven’t said it in years, but for a long time, when I would bring that word up, instead of saying the N-word, I would just say the word.”
As did Mark Twain, when he wrote Huckleberry Finn.
There was no ill intent on Rogan’s part, and I remain a fan. The treatment he’s getting reminds me of the feminist witch hunt which ended the political career of Al Franken. Sure, there was a photo out there of him grabbing a woman’s tits. But, if anybody looked just a wee bit beyond that, it was obviously meant for humor, the woman in the photo was an entertainer participating in the joke, and the whole thing was a big nothingburger, but a lot of women weren’t willing to look that wee bit beyond.
We should always look a wee bit beyond. That’s where the truth is.

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