For much of this year, ‘The Gypsy King‘ had been really quiet. However, late last month, he aimed a foul-mouthed rant at the renowned podcaster and UFC legend Joe Rogan. It all started when Rogan claimed that in a no holds barred fight with the UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Tyson would stand no chance. Needless to say, it angered the British boxer.
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Fury even took to Instagram to voice his rage toward Joe, calling him a “bald-headed midget” in the process. This in turn caught Jones’ attention, who quickly leaped to Joe’s defense. ‘Bones‘ implored the WBC heavyweight champion to get in touch with UFC president Dana White if the latter wanted to make the fantasy match-up a reality.
“Hey Tyson, it seem like Joe may have struck a nerve,” Jon wrote on Twitter. “I’ll admit there’s no one touching you in that ring right now, but let’s not let that confuse you with what would happen if you stepped foot in my cage.”
Hey Tyson, it seem like Joe may have struck a nerve. I’ll admit there’s no one touching you in that ring right now, but let’s not let that confuse you with what would happen if you stepped foot in my cage. If you ever want to put some of those questions you got going on to rest,…
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Despite the conversation remaining between Jon and Fury for the most part, it has found its way back to where it all started – Joe Rogan. And unfortunately for the 55-year-old, it is seemingly reminding him of a haunting past.
A YouTuber named Max Caruso recently met with Fury. Despite everyone being familiar with the topic, Max brought up Joe’s comments to Tyson, arguably to get a reaction out of him. Caruso reminded the boxer of the part where Joe referred to Jones using the word “black.”
For context, Rogan said, “If Jon Jones and Tyson Fury are locked into a room, I’m pushing all my chips on black.” A visibly upset yet composed Fury said, “That sounds a little bit racist, to be fair … And I’m quoting Joe Rogan. He’s a pr*ck.”
For now, it seems like the beef between the two may not end any time soon, especially with a subject that has remained a hot controversy in Joe’s life.
Samuel L Jackson called out Joe Rogan for the N-Word Controversy
In February 2022, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer India Arie explained why she added her name to a growing list of artists asking Spotify to remove their music from the platform. She cited Joe’s podcast spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation as the primary reason. Additionally, she also felt compelled to bring attention to the UFC commentator freely using the N-word in the past.
Arie shared a compilation that showed no less than 23 instances of Joe using the N-word on his podcast. While sharing the footage, Arie made her stance clear. She said, “I wanna be clear in no uncertain terms where I stand on this is that he shouldn’t even be uttering the word. Don’t even say it under any context.”
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Embroiled in the COVID-19 misinformation controversy at the time, Rogan found himself at the center of another. He took to Instagram to issue an apology. In his video, Rogan said the compilation “looks f*cking terrible.” He also called it “the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”
He also explained the context in which he used the slur but made no excuses. Rogan explained, “I know that, to most people, there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast. And I agree with that now. I haven’t said it in years.”
Hollywood legend, Samuel L. Jackson didn’t seem to buy Rogan’s apology. While speaking to The Times, Jackson reportedly rolled his eyes and said, “He is saying nobody understood the context when he said it. But he shouldn’t have said it.”
Samuel elaborated, “It’s not the context, dude. It’s that he was comfortable doing it. Say that you’re sorry because you want to keep your money, but you were having fun and you say you did it because it was entertaining.”
“A story is (a) context, but just to elicit a laugh? That’s wrong,” he concluded.
In the same interview, Jackson discussed director Quentin Tarantino’s usage of the N-word in several of his movies. The 74-year-old recounted that when filming “Django Unchained,” his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio expressed discomfort using the slur as many times as was required.