Popular podcast host Joe Rogan took to Instagram this weekend to post a video clip of UFC fighter Israel Adesanya offering a fierce defense of Rogan, who has become the target of a left-wing censorship campaign.
“Much love and respect to the great and powerful @stylebender,” Rogan captioned the clip of Adesanya, tagging the fighter.
The video shows Adesanya during a pre-fight presser Thursday taking on a question from a reporter directed at UFC President Dana White about the “controversy” surrounding Rogan.
“Hold up,” Adesanya said the presser. “I’m black. I can take this one.”
“Look, there’s a lot of c***s in this game,” he told the reporter. “There are a lot of snakes in this game. I’ve been in this fight game since 2008. Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble motherf***ers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Understand that.”
“F*** the noise,” Adesanya added. “You know what they’re trying to do. You can’t control the man. He’s got the biggest platform in the world right now. That’s my n**** Joe Rogan.”
Rogan last weekend addressed a misleading compilation video of the host quoting N-Word and discussing the word.
“There’s been a lot of s*** from the old episodes of the podcast that I wish I hadn’t said, or had said differently. This is my take on the worst of it,” Rogan captioned a video post on Instagram.
“I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist,” the 54-year-old explained in the video. “But whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say, ‘I’m not racist,’ you f***ed up. And I clearly have f***ed up.”
“Hopefully some of you will accept this and understand where I’m coming from,” Rogan closed. “My apologies and much love — my sincere, deepest apologies.”
The efforts to cancel Rogan have picked up steam over the past couple of weeks. Before the attacks slandering him as racist, left-wing celebrities and media figures worked to pressure audio platform Spotify to remove “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast over alleged COVID-19 “misinformation.”
“The podcast has been accused of spreading ‘dangerous misinformation,” Rogan said in a video posted to Instagram Sunday. “The problem I have with the term ‘misinformation,’ especially today, is that many of the things that we thought of as ‘misinformation’ just a short while ago are now accepted as fact.”
Adesanya on Saturday night defeated Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.
“I knew he was going to bring everything because last time I took everything away from him,” Adesanya said following the win, CBS Sports reported. “He had nothing to lose. But, like I said, I’m the champ, you have to come and get it.”
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