Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis did not mince his words this week when he addressed the controversy surrounding Spotify and popular podcast host Joe Rogan.
During an interview with Fox News Digital, DeSantis said Rogan does not need to apologize to the cancel culture mob.
“No, he shouldn’t have apologized. I mean, you see what happens? The mob will come after people, and they’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart on some of the things that they’re holding dear. And with COVID, he’s just bringing opposing views. He’s letting people decide,” DeSantis said.
“They say he’s against [the COVID vaccine]. I do not listen to his show, but then I read where he specifically advocated for people with co-morbidities and elderly to get vaccinated,” he added.
“I think a lot of the legacy outlets and I think the left fear the fact that he can reach so many people, and so they’re out to destroy him,” DeSantis noted.
“But what I would say is don’t give an inch. Do not apologize. Do not kow to the mob. Stand up and tell them to pound sand; if you do that, there’s really nothing that they’re able to do to you. The only way they have power is if you let them get your goat,” he added.
Over the weekend, Rogan apologized for using the “N-Word” on his show in older episodes.
As Rogan explained in his apology, the use of the word in the video lacks the context that he was using the word in.
“There’s been a lot of s**t from the old episodes of the podcast that I wish I hadn’t said or had said differently. This is my take on the worst of it,” he said in the caption of an Instagram video.
“There’s a video that’s out. It’s a compilation of me saying the N-word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me, of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together, and it looks fu**ing horrible even to me,” he said in the video.
“Now I know that to most people, there is no context where a white person is ever 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 like if you’d come up in conversation and stand instead of saying the N-word, I would just say the word I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing. Like that context was part of the clip,” the podcast host said.
He explained some of the contexts for his comments in the video.
“I was also talking about how there’s not another word like it in the entire English language because it’s a word where only one group of people is allowed to use it. They can use in so many different ways like if a white person, says that word, it’s racist and toxic. But a Black person can use it, and it can be a punch line, it could be a term of endearment. It could be lyrics to a rap song. It could be a positive affirmation. It’s a very unusual word, but it’s not my word to use. I’m well aware of that now, but for years I used it in that manner,” the host said.
He then explained a story he told about being in a black neighborhood and a “Planet of the Apes” reference he made.
“I was telling a story in the podcast about how me and my friend Tommy and his girlfriend, we got really high. We’re in Philadelphia and we went to go see Planet of the Apes, and we didn’t know where we were going. We just got dropped off by a cab and we got dropped off in this all-Black neighborhood. And I was trying to make the story entertaining and I said we got out. And it was like we were in Africa, so like we were in Planet of the Apes,” he said.
“I did not, nor would I ever say that Black people are apes, but it sure fucking sounded like that. And I immediately afterward said, That’s a racist thing to say. The Planet of the Apes wasn’t even in Africa. I was just saying, there’s a lot of Black people there,” he argued.