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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.

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.

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.”

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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.”

“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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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.