Just just a few days after he tore into Joe Rogan for making blatantly racist comments about what it means to be “Black,” Trevor Noah spent practically 10 minutes defending the influential podcaster on Monday evening’s episode of The Daily Show—all whereas insisting that wasn’t what he was doing.
Noah started his lengthy, unscripted rant by catching his viewers up on every little thing that has been occurring with Rogan and artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, who’ve taken their music off of Spotify in order to not help the identical streaming service that solely broadcasts his misinformation-filled podcast.
On Sunday evening, Rogan posted an extended video on his Instagram account that contained an apology to anybody he’s “pissed off” and a vow to “try harder” in the case of balancing the opinions of his company. At the identical time, he admitted that he has “no idea” what he’s going to speak to company about earlier than episodes start, which is why the concepts he espouses to his hundreds of thousands of listeners are “not that prepared or fleshed out.”
“I actually thought it was pretty classy,” Noah mentioned, joking that he “half expected” Rogan to return out and say that his podcast was hacked. “But instead, he owned up to it. I thought it was pretty dope. It was refreshing.”
The host additionally praised Rogan for saying that he’s nonetheless a fan of Neil Young’s music regardless of the musician’s efforts to strain Spotify to drop him after which prompt that lots of the most controversial Joe Rogan Experience clips have been taken out of context.
“I’m not trying to defend Joe Rogan,” he mentioned. “And somebody’s maybe going to do it to me, they’re going to take a part out and go ‘Trevor defends Joe Rogan.’” But that being mentioned, he wished to again up Rogan’s declare that he usually hosts individuals who disagree with him, together with a viral clip of his anti-vaccine conspiracy principle getting corrected in actual time throughout his personal present.
“But because of the internet age that we live in, we shit on people based on the little that we see of them, we don’t give them the full context,” Noah continued. “So in his defense, I get that part of what he’s saying.”
To be honest, Noah did later push again towards a number of the artistic methods Rogan has tried to dismiss his critics and debunked his “vaccines are bullshit” rhetoric immediately. But he additionally repeatedly made factors “in Joe Rogan’s defense,” whereas every time making a joke like, “I can’t believe I’m saying that right now.”
By the top of the phase, Noah appeared to appreciate what he had achieved. “Now there’s going to be a headline: ‘Trevor Noah defends Joe Rogan.’ That’s all they’re going to cut out. Or ‘Trevor Noah slams Joe Rogan.’”
“Welcome to the internet,” he concluded.