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Joe Rogan apologizes for “irresponsible” Oregon fire comments on podcast

Published: 18/Sep/2020 21:45

by Theo Salaun


Joe Rogan has publicly apologized and promised to do better after spreading “stupid” misinformation to his millions of listeners in a podcast episode.

Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” is one of the most popular podcasts ever, dating back to 2009 and continuing to put out content, including his 1,538th episode with British author Douglas Murray.


That episode now lies at the heart of controversy, as Rogan shared accusations of arson involved in the Portland, Oregon wildfires, misleading his millions of listeners into believing that arsonists had been arrested. 

This incident comes amid a milieu of news involving Rogan’s return to podcasting with a new studio and his exclusivity contract with Spotify.


In this instance, Rogan confidently made claims that had already been widely debunked. People appear to be dissatisfied that someone with millions of listeners, who just signed a deal for over $100 million, publicized misinformation.

It appears that those critics are not alone in their discomfort, as Rogan himself is formally apologizing for the snafu and affirming that it was wrong, shouldn’t have happened, and won’t happen again. 


In an apology posted to Instagram, Rogan explains, from his own perspective, what he did poorly. Upon reading something online, he repeated it on the podcast without adequately fact-checking. As he explains this course of action: “I was very irresponsible not looking into it before I repeated it … I repeated it without looking into it and it was a really f**king stupid mistake that won’t happen again. I’m sorry.”

Overall, Rogan’s apology seems to check all the boxes to satisfy his detractors. He identified precisely how he messed up, didn’t make excuses or shift blame, and vowed to be more vigilant moving forward.

Regardless of the specifics at hand, this is an interesting moment simply considering accountability for public figures to be responsible on their platforms and to admit fault when they’ve been irresponsible.


Jake Paul slammed by fans for throwing second party in a row

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:10

by Charlotte Colombo


Another day, another controversy for one of the infamous Paul brothers. This time, Jake Paul has found himself under fire for throwing his second party in two days in what used to be the Team 10 mansion.

Since quitting YouTube in September, Paul has had a fairly quiet few weeks (for him, anyway). But recently, he has once again faced fan’s fury for ignoring local restrictions not once, but twice.


As highlighted by Twitter reporter DefNoodles, Jake Paul has thrown multiple bashes in the past few days, despite restrictions in the area making it very clear that this currently isn’t allowed.

One post on the Instagram story of model Charly Jordan shows Paul bringing in a birthday cake for fellow YouTube star Brandon Amato as a crowd closely congregates in his usually-sprawling living room.


Meanwhile, another Instagram story by TikToker Jon Marianek – which is alleged to be from the same party- shows further crowding with no masks or social distancing. It also reveals that Sway House star Bryce Hall – who has recently come under fire for his own partying ways – also attended the bash.

Unsurprisingly, fans on Twitter were less than enthusiastic about Paul’s actions. One enraged fan tagged the Mayor of LA’s Twitter account, asking him, “What action are you taking to combat this?”.

Other fans called Paul “disgusting” for throwing the parties, with one user commenting that “these kids would do anything for clout”.


While there were a couple of fans who attempted to defend Paul – like the fan who asked, “What makes you think that C*vid is in the house?” – the reception to this news was overwhelmingly negative, with one user chiming in that they “hope Karma comes back to hit you where it hurts”.

Instagram: Jake Paul
Paul previously made headlines in July for throwing a rules-defying house party.

This isn’t the first time Paul has come under fire for throwing parties during the current health crisis: back in July, he received backlash from major news outlets and even YouTubers like Tyler Oakley for throwing a huge bash in his California home, with his neighbors calling him “irresponsible and selfish”.

He has also experienced legal trouble as of late, with the FBI raiding his house for weapons in August. It is unclear how these latest revelations will impact his current legal issues.


Paul is yet to comment publicly on this issue.