Don Lemon called out prolific podcaster Joe Rogan Tuesday night for comments he made on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience. Speaking about cancel culture and wokeness, Rogan said that he believes society is heading toward a place in which straight white males will be silenced. While Lemon agrees there’s a debate to be had, he thinks Rogan has got it wrong.
“There is an important debate right now about cancel culture and wokeness, questions about what either term even means and what happens if it goes too far. There are legitimate questions about that,” Lemon said. “But acknowledging the oppression, discrimination or differences of others does not silence anyone else.”
Rogan has received backlash in recent months for comments he’d made about wildfires in Oregon, and more recently for statements about the COVID-19 vaccine. Lemon acknowledged that Rogan apologized in both cases, but also pointed out that he was utterly unaffected by either situation.
“No matter what he has said, he has not been silenced. He has a huge megaphone with millions of loyal listeners, all of whom every single day say whatever they want,” Lemon said. “Joe Rogan is part of the conversation. There’s a lot I can go on about, especially about straight white men. You’re aggrieved now? Okay. No one is stopping Joe Rogan or any other straight white man from expressing themselves, period.”