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By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO – AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Popular American Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan apologized on Saturday after a video compilation aired that showed him using a racial slur in clips from episodes spanning a 12-year span.
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Rogan, who hosts a podcast called ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, said his use of the slur was “the most regrettable and shameful thing I’ve ever had to speak publicly”. But he said the clips were “taken out of context”.
“That’s not my word to use. I’m well aware of it now, but for years I used it that way,” he said during the six-minute video on his account. Instagram. “I never used it to be racist because I’m not racist.
Rogan’s mea culpa follows Grammy-winning singer-songwriter India. She posted the video montage of Rogan’s clips on her Instagram account. Rogan, who launched his podcast in late 2009, did not specify which years he used the racial slur.
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In his video, Arie said that even though some of Rogan’s conversations were taken out of context, “he shouldn’t say the word.”
“Don’t even say it in any context,” she added.
Rogan’s post on Saturday was directed to a video clip from his podcast from 11 years ago in which he talked about going to a movie theater in a black neighborhood to see “Planet of the Apes.”
“I was trying to make the story entertaining, and I said we went out and it was like we were in Africa. It was like we were in ‘Planet of the Apes’,” said Roger. He said he wasn’t trying to be racist but realized it was “a silly thing” to say. He said he deleted the podcast but someone must have recorded the clip.
Rogan’s apology comes as Spotify vows to tackle the spread of COVID-19 misinformation as part of a damage control campaign sparked by musician Neil Young, who has called the streaming service’s top podcaster for amplifying vaccine skepticism.
Last Sunday, Spotify announced it would soon add a disclaimer before all podcasts that discuss COVID-19, directing listeners to factual, up-to-date information from scientists and public health experts. The company also aims to increase the transparency of its publishing decisions by defining the rules it uses to protect user safety.
Spotify garnered 31% of the world’s 524 million music stream subscriptions in the second quarter of 2021, more than double the second place of Apple Music, according to Midia Research. Spotify isn’t always popular with musicians, many of whom complain that they don’t pay them enough for their work.
Arie said on his video that Spotify is built on the back of the music streaming industry and is using that money to reward Rogan in a lucrative deal. She said she didn’t want to generate money that pays for the podcaster.
“Just take me away,” she said.
Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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