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Joe Rogan hits back at media calling him “homophobic and transphobic”

Published: 2/Feb/2020 13:48

by Daniel Cleary

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UFC analyst and comedian Joe Rogan fired back at media outlets who labeled him as transphobic after a clip of him discussing transgender athletes had resurfaced.

Among other things, the popular UFC commentator is known for his massive podcast the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ which brings in millions of viewers per episode.

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However, due to the size of his show, many of his comments around controversial topics are often put under scrutiny and, during one of his latest episodes with Mark Normand, Rogan fired back at some of his critics.

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Joe Rogan’s past was scrutinized after he featured in a Bernie Sanders promotional.

Trans comments taken “completely out of context”

Rogan received a lot of backlash after he was critical of a transgender athlete who had started fighting in a mixed martial arts promotion, without disclosing that she had been born a biological male.

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After receiving criticism for his approach to the topic, Rogan felt that he had been misrepresented by media outlets who narrowed in on a specific comment despite his concerns around the issue and the safety of others. The backlash had been heightened after Bernie Sanders used Rogan in endorsement material for his presidential campaign.

“What was fascinating to me was that these people like f**king CNN printed something saying I was homophobic and transphobic, there’s a clip that they’re using that’s completely out of context,” he expressed, denying the accusations. “if there are some trans people listening to this, I’ve got nothing but love for you, for everybody.”

Topic starts at 1:53 for mobile users.

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“The video they are using is me saying, “you’re a f**king man.” I definitely shouldn’t have used those words,” Rogan admitted, taking back his choice of words at the time of the comment, but sticking with his original point.

“But this person was a man for 30 years, transitioned to become a woman for 2 years, and then started fighting women, didn’t tell them she used to be a man and was smashing girls, she literally broke this girl’s skull,” he explained.

Joe Rogan’s view on trans athletes and fighters

Rogan also revealed that he was not even against the idea of trans athletes fighting in a division of their choice as long as everyone involved was aware beforehand. “Here’s the thing, if she disclosed it and everyone knew I’m 100% okay with it. If you want to do that and you’re a woman, it’s your choice to fight a trans woman and see how you do.”

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“I’m not (transphobic). This has only to do with athletics, in terms of your gender identity and who you are and what you want to do I don’t care, and specifically, my wheelhouse which is fighting, there is a gigantic physical advantage that men have,” Rogan added.

Despite dealing with a lot of controversy in recent weeks, particularly after voicing his thoughts on the upcoming election, the popular podcast host does not seem to shy away from standing his ground, as was seen in his short feud with Stephen A Smith.

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Ethan Dolan has emotional reunion with long-distance girlfriend

Published: 13/Oct/2020 13:54

by Alice Hearing

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Popular YouTuber Ethan Dolan has revealed on Instagram the details of his long-term relationship with girlfriend Kristina Alice, who he reconnected with this week after spending most of quarantine apart.

Ethan and his twin Grayson originally rose to popularity on the video app Vine in 2013, and have since gone on to produce content on their highly successful YouTube channel with over 11 million subscribers.

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While they have many adoring fans, they haven’t been exempt from drama, such as earlier in July when they were forced to address a homophobic slur used when explaining the bullying they received in high school. In the same month, Ethan released a video detailing how comments online about his acne had severely affected his well-being in the past year.

Last week Ethan revealed his girlfriend to the world on YouTube with his brother Grayson. After spending months apart Kristine was finally able to catch a flight out to Los Angeles from Australia where she lives.

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The twins shared a vlog where Ethan and Kristen reunited last week

On Monday, Ethan stunned his fans by posting a series of close, romantic pictures to his Instagram alongside an emotional message, which read: “To say the least, this has been a chaotic, stressful, weird, confusing, uneasy year. But because it was spent with the smartest – most caring -best sense of humor having – so pretty I get stunned every time I look at – perfect woman in the world, it has been the best year of my life.”

He explained that last December was “one of the most emotionally exhausting months of my life” and attributed his success and ability to get through to her support.

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Part 1/3. To say the least, this has been a chaotic, stressful, weird, confusing, uneasy year. But because it was spent with the smartest – most caring -best sense of humor having – so pretty I get stunned every time I look at – perfect woman in the world, it has been the best year of my life. Our trip to Hawaii on this day last year, will be a memory I cherish for the rest of my life. I will be forever grateful for how caring you were during one of the most emotionally exhausting months of my life while living in Australia together last December. I wouldn’t have been able to create my most proud project last January without your constant support. When we were forced to quarantine together and be attached at the hip for an additional 5 months longer than we planned… I wasn’t even mad😌 When you had to go back to Australia without knowing when we’d be able to see each other again it was NOT CHILL. Although we unintentionally spent 4 months on opposite sides of the globe with a 17 hour time difference… I still felt closer than ever to you. The hours on FaceTime everyday and random gift care packages were fun. You completely took over my camera roll because I couldn’t help but to screenshot your face every couple seconds. Getting a little part of you tattooed on my arm also contributed to you feeling closer to me I guess 😝 Thank you for making me happy everyday. Thank you for giving me something to always look forward to. Thank you for making me a better version of myself. I love you Photos by: @jordenkeith

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He added, “When we were forced to quarantine together and be attached at the hip for an additional 5 months longer than we planned… I wasn’t even mad. When you had to go back to Australia without knowing when we’d be able to see each other again it was NOT CHILL. Although we unintentionally spent 4 months on opposite sides of the globe with a 17 hour time difference… I still felt closer than ever to you.”

“The hours on FaceTime everyday and random gift care packages were fun. You completely took over my camera roll because I couldn’t help but screenshot your face every couple of seconds. Getting a little part of you tattooed on my arm also contributed to you feeling closer to me I guess.”

It seems as though Ethan will have more to say in the next few days after he labeled the caption only part 1 of 3. For now, the YouTuber has confirmed to the world that not only is he in a far better place than he was last year, but that he is well and truly taken.