Andrew Yang is retracting his tweet defending Joe Rogan, in which he stated that Rogan is not racist because he works with Black people.
Yang wrote on Sunday, “I don’t believe Joe Rogan is a racist; he interacts with and works with black people constantly.”
In February of 2019, Yang appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and stated, “Do I know Joe’s black buddies that would vouch for him? Yes, I do.”
Rogan, who has been at the centre of controversy regarding Covid-19 and vaccine misinformation on his Spotify podcast, issued a public apology for his past use of racist slurs the day before Yang’s remarks.
In a five-minute Instagram video posted on Saturday, he stated, “I never used it in a racist manner.” He stated he hasn’t uttered the N-word in years, calling his actions “the most regrettable and embarrassing thing I’ve ever had to discuss in public.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison tweeted his outrage at Yang’s remarks: “Man… seriously?! Are you kidding, Andrew? Is this the new defining phrase… working with people?!”
Yang removed his previous tweets and posted a new thread with the following message: “I believe we should have the capacity to forgive those who make mistakes, whether they are podcasters or mayors. Possibly because I too make mistakes.”
He stated, “Racism is real” and admitted, “I downplayed these facts in an earlier tweet tonight.” He stated that he removed the tweet since it was “incorrect.”
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“It also caused harm, which was never my intention. I’m so sorry. I am gaining knowledge and value people who have reached out to express their emotions “Yang added. Freya, the walrus who rose to popularity by sinking ships, is a national obsession in Norway.
Rogan is one of the stars of the streaming network. In 2020, Spotify reportedly signed him to a multiyear contract worth more than $100 million, and each episode of his programme reaches an estimated 11 million listeners.
Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, apologised for the Rogan issue in a message to workers on Sunday and stated that he did not feel silencing Joe was the solution.
Over the weekend, the business removed approximately 70 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience. According to Variety, it is unclear whether Spotify pulled those episodes owing to his use of a racial epithet.
The podcast Rogan has been condemned by both celebrities and medical specialists. Stars such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young have removed their music from Spotify in protest of the platform’s dissemination of false information about vaccines.
Last week, Rogan defended himself, promising to “try harder” to provide more balance to his programme. In reaction to the negative feedback, the streaming service announced it would add a content advisory to every podcast episode that covers the coronavirus.
In the past, Rogan has been criticised for giving a platform to persons on the far right. Variety stated that several of these problematic episodes with far-right personalities were absent from Spotify when Rogan’s podcast debuted on the site.
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