There are some new developments in the cancelation of Joe Rogan from Spotify. After a video compilation that went viral revealed Rogan uttering racial slurs, Spotify took down around 70 episodes of his show, including one with Maynard James Keenan.

Recently, Joe Rogan made it to news headlines after being accused of spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic. Many famous musicians like Neil Young, David Crosby, and Joni Mitchell have protested Spotify over harboring such misinformation and refusing to remove his content from the platform. Hence, Young and Mitchell took the necessary measures to remove their music despite the financial consequences.

More recently, Rogan has been exposed with a compilation video showing the times he used the N-word on the podcast, and he faced severe backlash and was accused of being racist. Not only that, but a story he once told, degrading black people, has also been revealed, and Rogan was thus put under the spotlight.

Spotify took action this time and removed about 70 of his episodes from the platform, including an episode with Maynard James Keenan. While this caused financial damage to Rogan, it also damaged his reputation badly. In the hopes of explaining himself to people, he posted an apology video on Instagram. In the video, he mainly described how he was not a racist, and he thought it would be okay to use the N-word if it fits the context.

Here is a summary of his apology:

“Now I know that to most people, there’s 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 it would come up in conversation, 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.

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. I never used it to be racist cause I’m not racist. But whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say ‘I’m not racist,’ you have f*cked up, and I clearly have f*cked up.”

While he acknowledged that he was being racist, he didn’t refrain from proposing his reasons. This behavior not only resulted in heavy financial consequences but also stained his reputation, especially after Neil Young’s protest about the other issue of Covid-19 misinformation. Regardless, his fans showed their support in the comments section and talked about how he is not racist, and people are trying to cancel him by taking his words out of context and making him look bad.