Joe Rogan is the host behind The Joe Rogan Experience, a highly controversial podcast tainted with bigotry and racism, diving headfirst into spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories to his audience of nearly 13 million people.
In 2022, Spotify announced they were removing 113 episodes over incidents of racism and incentive language after footage surfaced showing Rogan using racial slurs.
Rogan has compared Covid-19 vaccines to “Nazi experiments” and vaccine requirements to the “Holocaust.” Holocaust survivor Gidon Lev called out Rogan for his antisemitism, stating – “You are absolutely not promoting freedom, but promoting hate, antisemitism, and possibly even more violence and constant hate.”
Throughout the years, Rogan has also hosted a sea of problematic guests on his show including Jordan Peterson, who joined Rogan on a podcast to discuss an array of issues and compared ‘Nazism’ to various contentious LGBTQ topics. Rogan has also interviewed Alex Jones who has created an open platform for antisemites to spew hatred and violence against the Jewish people, including Holocaust denier and past ‘Antisemite of the Week’ Nick Fuentes and StopAntisemitism’s ‘2022 Antisemite of the Year’ Kanye West.
During Kanye West’s antisemitic tirades in 2022, Rogan fiercely defended West after his antisemitic tirade and full-fledged attack on the Jewish people. After West threatened to go “Death Con 3” against the Jewish people and said Hitler & the Nazis “did good things” Rogan pushed back saying, “Ye is not a bad person…he’s gifted.”
A few weeks ago, Rogan hosted Breaking Points co-host Krystal Ball on his podcast discussing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s removal from the Foreign Affairs Committee over repetitive antisemitic remarks. Omar has spent much of her time in office criticizing Israel by reinforcing antisemitic tropes in a series of tweets.
In one tweet, Omar stated: “Israel has hypnotized the world,” violating the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism that states “making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations toward Jews or the power of Jews as a collective” is indeed antisemitic.
Omar invoked a clear antisemitic stereotype of Jewish power and control when discussing the United States’ financial aid and allyship with the State of Israel as being “all about the Benjamins.”
Rogan mocked the situation saying – “the idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous. That’s like saying Italians aren’t into pizza. It’s f*cking stupid.” Rogan continued to defend Rep. Omar throughout the conversation stating she should not have apologized for her use of centuries-old antisemitic tropes.
One of the most common stereotypes about Jews is that they are greedy and will do anything for wealth. This trope has been used to fabricate that Jewish people control the world’s financial systems, often leading to violence against Jews. The Nazis pushed the notion of Jewish greed in their antisemitic campaigns, producing propaganda films pushing Jewish wealth and greed that ultimately ended with the murder of six million Jews. Italians have never been the victims of genocide based on their “love of pizza.” To compare the two is not only ludicrous, but hateful.
If Rogan’s comments weren’t damaging enough, Ball found a way to make it worse by adding – “There is a very obvious reason why for my entire life there’s been a unipartite consensus around our policy vis-à-vis the Israeli government and a total inability and unwillingness to criticize the Israeli government. It has everything to do with organization and, yes, money.” Rogan stayed silent and didn’t push back.
When the only country that is repetitively scrutinized and under a microscope regarding ‘money and loyalty’ also happens to be the only Jewish state, it needs to be addressed as violence against the Jewish people stems from antisemitic tropes going unchallenged.
Joe Rogan must apologize for his ongoing defamation against the Jewish people – StopAntisemitism encourages you to take action by contacting him here to voice your outrage.