Joe Rogan suggests Kardashian 'b----es' made Caitlyn Jenner trans, sparking criticism over unfounded claim
- Joe Rogan made the inflammatory and false claim in a podcast episode on Friday that Caitlyn Jenner could be transgender as a result of living with the Kardashian women.
- Throughout the segment, Rogan misgendered Jenner and used her deadname, or the name she previously used before transitioning.
- In an interview with TMZ, Jenner called Rogan a "homophobic, transphobic a--," and said that he found fame by "putting other people down and making jokes about it."
- Rogan has a history of spreading transphobic misinformation, said Lucas Acosta, a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
- Just days after Rogan's comments about Jenner, President Trump expressed interest in participating in a presidential debate moderated by Rogan, who's influential podcast has over 9 million subscribers on YouTube.
- YouTube told Insider it was reviewing the segment.
Joe Rogan made incendiary remarks about Caitlyn Jenner in an episode of his podcast on Friday, making the unfounded claim that living with the Kardashian women somehow contributed to her transgender identity.Rogan compared his own experience as a cisgender male living with his wife and three daughters with Jenner's experience as a transgender woman.
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"We lost a f---ing Olympic gold medalist, goddamn it. We lost one of our greatest athletes ever," he said, claiming that he was not "dehumanizing trans people," but just asking "are we sure?"The comments were made roughly 12 minutes into a three-hour episode of the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast, which has over 9 million subscribers on YouTube. The episode was published Friday on Spotify, where Rogan has an exclusive streaming deal, and in a YouTube video.
Media Matters for America, a left-leaning non-profit organization that tracks right-wing media and extremism, first reported on Rogan's statements.Insider has reached out to a representative for the Kardashian-Jenners for comment. In an interview with TMZ, Jenner called Rogan a "homophobic, transphobic a--," and said that he found fame by "putting other people down and making jokes about it."
As for Rogan's claim about how living with the Kardashian women could contribute to her transgender identity, Jenner said, "It's not even close. I've been gender dysphoric my whole life."
Rogan has a history of making transphobic comments
Rogan, who is considered one of the most influential podcasters in the world, has a "long history of demonizing and dehumanizing" the trans community, said Lucas Acosta, a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).In a July episode of the podcast, Rogan made the false claim that being transgender is a "social contagion." In the same episode, Rogan claimed that the trans community had an "agenda" that "anyone who even thinks they might be trans should be trans, are trans, and the more trans people the better. The more kids that transition the better."
"This man has absolutely no problem demonizing our community, and demonizing marginalized people," Acosta told Insider.
2020 has shown an extremely high rate of anti-trans killings in the US, with at least 26 trans or gender-nonconforming people killed in the US in the first nine months of the year, according to the HRC.Acosta said that when a person as powerful as Rogan makes these kinds of comments, "it dehumanizes an entire community that is already marginalized."
When announcing the $100 million deal with Rogan, Spotify said in a press release that his podcast had been the most-searched show on the platform and called him "one of culture's leading voices."A Spotify representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A representative for YouTube, where Rogan posts video versions of his podcast episodes, told Insider that the platform was reviewing the video.
President Trump has aligned himself with RoganJust three days after Rogan's anti-trans comments, President Trump expressed interest in participating in a presidential debate moderated by Rogan. In response to a tweet from Kennedy asking if anyone wanted to see Rogan moderate a debate between Trump and Joe Biden, Trump wrote, "I do!"
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2020Given Rogan's offensive comments, Acosta criticized Trump for appearing to consider participating in an event with the podcast host, which would undoubtedly give Rogan even more visibility.
"The last thing we need is Joe Rogan getting a larger platform," Acosta said.
This story has been updated with comments from Jenner.
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