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Joe Rogan claims ‘straight white men won’t be allowed to talk’ due to ‘woke culture’


Joe thinks ‘woke culture’ has gone too far (Picture: Spotify/YouTube)

Joe Rogan has claimed that ‘woke culture’ will lead to straight white men ‘not [being] allowed to talk’.

The podcaster spoke to stand-up comedian Joe List on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience – which gets an estimated 11million listeners per episode on Spotify – about how the comedy world has changed.

After List recalled listening to an ‘earnest’ conversation on a mental health podcast suggesting that straight white men should avoid self-deprecating humour due to their privilege.

Rogan, 53, said: ‘You can never be “woke”enough, that’s the problem. It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands, it’ll eventually get to straight white men are not allowed to talk. Because it’s your privilege to express yourself when other people of colour have been silenced throughout history.

‘It will be, you’re not allowed to go outside. Because so many people were imprisoned for so many…’

As List began laughing, Rogan continued: ‘I’m not joking, it really will get there. It’s that crazy.

‘We just gotta be nice to each other, man. And there’s a lot of people that are taking advantage of this weirdness in our culture, and then that becomes their thing. Their thing is calling people out for their privilege, calling people out for their position. You know, so, it’s f***ing crazy times.’

List said: ‘But I feel like I hear more people speaking out against that kind of stuff than I hear from people saying that’s a good idea’, with Rogan claiming that attitude was primarily in their ‘circles’.

Rogan made his comments about straight white men possibly being unable to speak on his podcast, which was the most popular podcast on Spotify in 2020 and was acquired by the streamer in a deal estimated to be worth more than $100million (£70.4m).

He also claimed on the show that comedy films like Superbad and Step Brothers would not be made today, as he asked: ‘Can you make a good comedy movie any more, or have they made it so dangerous in terms of being cancelled, that comedy movies are no longer something you can do?’

Seth Rogen, who wrote Superbad, previously acknowledged that some of the jokes in Superbad were ‘bordering on homophobic’.

He told the Guardian in 2015: ‘It’s funny looking at some movies we’ve made in the last 10 years under the lenses of new eras, new social consciousness.

‘There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies – and even in our more recent movies – where even like a year later you’re like “Eh, maybe that wasn’t the greatest idea. There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times. They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that, but I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamourising that type of language in a lot of ways.’


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