Joe Rogan is a well known personality in the world of combat sports. Rogan has been a part of UFC for over 20 years now and is considered the ‘voice of UFC’. Other than his profession as a UFC associate, Rogan has the biggest podcast in the world. ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ is a Spotify original and has gained massive popularity in recent years. Rogan in his podcast invites guests such as celebrities, athletes, professionals etc to talk to them in a candid way with no scripts.
But all this success has also invited a lot of controversy for the show and Rogan himself. Last year, Rogan got into a COVID controversy in which he was promoting not to take vaccines and claimed that COVID can be cured by some simple homemade remedy. After that, Rogan again was cancelled for using the ‘N’ word which as a white person he can’t use because of the history related to it.
This started a huge wave of criticism for the 54 year old which was bizarre in many ways. In both the cases, Rogan was accountable and gave public apologies for everyone. During these times,many UFC superstars and celebrities came forward to support Rogan. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was one of them and didn’t hold down his opinions when asked about it.
He said :
“I’ve been in this fight game since 2008. And Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble motherf*ers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Understand that. And it’s just, fk the noise, man. You know what they’re trying to do. You can’t control the man.“
The reverse effect of cancel culture on Joe Rogan
In a recent episode of JRE, Rogan was joined by British political commentator Douglas Murray as the guest. During the conversation, Rogan revealed that all that criticism and online cancel he experienced actually helped him to gain more subscribers.
“It’s interesting, my subscriptions went up massively… That’s what’s crazy. During the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers… Yeah, [the media] went for it. It’s also fortunate that the people who went for it were CNN. They’re so untrustworthy and people know how biased they are and socially weird their anchors are,” said Rogan.
During the whole scenario many people stood up for Rogan this resulted in his name getting more popularity which automatically acted as a promotion. This just proved that a negative publicity is also a publicity and it can generate more attention.