Rohan,

I’m sorry this article upset you and/or pissed you off. Apparently, you are not alone in this feeling either.

Perhaps I should have written more about WHY Rogan is so popular as well. At best, his shows are free-wheeling, unpredictable conversations between comedians and writers and weirdos. But at the same time, I can’t ignore the many, many clips I’ve seen of Rogan dropping the ‘n-word,’ interviewing race science supporters, shit-talking trans people, etc etc etc. Those clips are not hard to find. Granted, Rogan produces hundreds and hundreds of hours of content and the majority of his show are not these moments.

And yet.

You know, if I vote for Sanders in my primary — and if Sanders is the Dem nom there is no ‘if” because I will enthusiastically vote for him — Joe Rogan and I are political allies. I’m sure you and I agree on some important issues. But I’m going to speak up if I don’t like something, especially civil rights issues because I know you will do likewise if you don’t like something.

Anyway, I stand by what I wrote. Also: Joe Rogan is a pretty powerful and influential celebrity. He’s been around a long time. A little criticism, even if you passionately disagree with it, isn’t going to dim his light.

I hope you’ll give my writing another chance but I understand if you don’t want to, that is, obviously, 100% your choice. Thanks for reading.

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Editor, Humungus. I won two James Beard Awards once for an essay about Taco Bell. Let’s be friends.

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