Dwayne Johnson has said he’s had a “teachable moment” after dividing fans with his response to “brother” Joe Rogan.
Earlier this week, the Hollywood star came under fire for her quick praise of the American podcaster, which has prompted several musicians to boycott Spotify due to its spread of “misinformation” about the Covid-19 vaccine.
In a lengthy video, Rogan addressed the situation, telling his followers that he thinks “a lot of people had a distorted perception of what I do.”
“[My] The podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation, specifically about two episodes,” he said, adding: “I’m not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial. I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than talk to people and have interesting conversations.”
In response to the video, Johnson wrote: “Great stuff here bro. Perfectly articulated. He added that he hopes to “come one day and break tequila with you.”
A contingent of Johnson fans were disappointed with the actor’s response, now asking him to reconsider his stance after a compilation of him saying the N-word more than 20 times resurfaced online.
The clip was shared by musician India Arie, who said she would be removing her music from Spotify on Tuesday (February 1) due to Rogan’s “race language.”
Elaborating in a later Instagram post, Arie shared the compilation that was put together from various episodes of Rogan’s podcast recorded before 2019.
“In no uncertain terms, my position on this is that he shouldn’t even be saying the word,” Arie told his followers. “Don’t even say it, in any context.”
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Another clip shows him comparing a black neighborhood to being in the movie. Planet of the Apes.
Alerting Johnson to the clips, author Don Winslow wrote: “You are a hero to many people and using your platform to defend Joe Rogan, a guy who used and laughed at using the N-word dozens of times, is a use. terrible energy. Have you really listened to this man’s many racist statements about black people?
Johnson thanked Winslow for bringing the clips to his attention, saying he now “has educated himself to [Rogan’s] full story.”
“Thank you very much for this, I listen to you as well as to everyone here at 100 percent. I wasn’t aware of his use of the N-word prior to my comments, but have now educated myself on the full narrative of it. Teachable moment for me. Mahalo, brother, have a great and productive weekend,” Johnson responded.
In the wake of the N-word controversy, Rogan issued an apology on Instagram, stating, “There’s nothing I can do to reverse that, I wish I could. I hope, in any case, that this can be a teaching moment”.
Find his full apology here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.