Spotify quietly deleted over 100 of Joe Rogan's podcasts in which he is heard causally uttering a racist slur.
The campaign to cancel Rogan began when he hosted anti-vaxxers on his podcast, including health experts who were against vaccinating children.
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Someone compiled a video of Rogan uttering "ni**er" on his popular podcasts from years ago.
As the compilation video went viral, songstress India.Arie re-posted it on her Instagram Stories and asked Spotify to remove her content from its music streaming platform after legendary rocker Neil Young exited Spotify first.
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Arie said her decision based on Rogan's "language" and the fact Spotify paid him $100 million while artists like her earn peanuts for their music streams.
Rogan responded to the growing controversy on his YouTube and Instagram page.
"I know that to most people, there is 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."
Rogan pointed out that the viral compilation video took his words out of context. He noted that he was simply discussing Red Foxx, Richard Pryor and Quentin Tarantino using the word liberally in their work.
"I was also talking about how there's not another word like it in the entire English language," he said.
"Because it's a word where only one group of people is allowed to say it... Like, if a white person uses that word, it's racist and toxic. But, a Black person can use it and it can be a punchline, it can be a term of endearment, it can be lyrics to a rap song, it can be a positive affirmation. It's a very unusual word, but it's not my word to use."
Former pro wrestler-turned-A-list actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson rushed to his former colleague's defense initially — until the video went viral. Then Johnson pulled his support.
"I was not aware of his N word use prior to my comments, but now I've become educated to his complete narrative," Johnson told a Twitter follower on Saturday.
But Johnson has problems of his own.
After pulling his support of Rogan, Johnson quietly deleted old tweets that contained transphobic slurs.
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The bromance between macho actors Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (left) and Vin Diesel (right) is over. Johnson made it clear that he's done with the Fast & Furious movies.
Diesel, 54, wrote an Instagram post pleading with Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious franchise, but Johnson said Diesel's IG post only made matters worse.
He was annoyed that Diesel made a public plea and mentioned his children in his post.
"I didn't like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker's death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding," Johnson told CNN.
"I was very surprised by Vin's recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem."
Johnson, 49, played Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011), helping to make it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and in the 2019 spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Johnson expressed his appreciation for the franchise and the success that followed his first big box office film.
"My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It's unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I'm confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ripped down his front gate when a power outage rendered the metal gate inoperable.
Johnson shared an Instagram photo of the damaged gate of his $9.5 million Atlanta mansion after he tore the gate off its hinges following a power outage in the north Georgia area.
"Not my finest hour, but a man's gotta go to work," Johnson captioned the image. "We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out — but this time it wouldn't."
Johnson continued: "Made some calls to see how fast I can get the gate tech on site, but I didn't have 45min to wait. By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day."
Johnson said he did "what I had to do," to get to work so his production staff would get paid for a full day's work on the set of his superhero flick "Black Adam."
Johnson said he ripped the gate down with his bare hands.
"I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Ripped it completely out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass. My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, 'in disbelief and equally scared' as to how I ripped it off."
Don't try this at home guys!
Dwayne Johnson is counting his blessings after revealing he and every member of his immediate family tested positive for COVID-19.
In a new video message, the Jumanji: The Next Level star shared that he, his wife Lauren, and their daughters, Jasmine and Tiana, were diagnosed with the coronavirus, adding the diagnoses are among "the most challenging and difficult" things he's ever had to deal with.
"Testing positive for COVID-19 is a lot different than recovering from nasty injuries, getting evicted or being broke, which I've been more than a few times," he said. "My number one priority is to always protect my family and my loved ones... I wish it was only me that tested positive.
"It was my entire family and it was a kick in the gut."
But he admits there's light at the end of the tunnel, adding, "We're on the other end of it and no longer contagious. Thank God, we're healthy.
"We are counting our blessings right now. We are well aware you don't always get to the other end of COVID-19 stronger and healthier. I have had some of my best friends lose their parents to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving. We are counting our blessings, but we are good."
Dwayne ended the video message by urging fans and followers to always wear a mask when out in public and limit the amount of people at social gatherings.
He's not the only Hollywood star who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first back in March, and Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Antonio Banderas, Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, and Mel Gibson have all battled the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of almost 860,000 people around the world.
Johnson is the latest celebrity to test positive for Covid-19 while wearing a face mask.
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Dwayne Johnson's daughter Simone Johnson is following in her famous dad's footsteps.
The 18-year-old has started training in Florida after signing with the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).
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Simone is Dwayne's firstborn daughter by his first wife Dany Garcia, 51. Dany married body builder Dave Rienzi in 2014.
Girl dad Dwayne shares 2 daughters with his current wife, Lauren Hashian.
Simone, shelved her college plans to carry on the legacy of her dad and her late grandfather, Canadian pro wrestler Rocky Johnson.
"It means the world to me," Simone said in a statement via WWE. "To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle but to carry on that legacy."
Simone took to Instagram to share her dream come true on Monday.
"To the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & said 'this will be my life one day', this is for you. I'm humbled, grateful & ready to work. Let's do this."
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is mourning the loss of his father, wrestling star Rocky Johnson, 75. The former pro wrestler passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials.
Born Wayde Douglas Bowles, Rocky made his ring debut in his native Canada in 1964, and soon competed at the top level in America's National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s, according to WENN.com.
He then entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as the WWE, where he partnered with Tony Atlas to form The Soul Patrol and made history as the first black pair to win the Tag Team Championship in 1983.
He retired from wrestling in 1991, but went on to help train his son Dwayne to chase his dreams as pro wrestler The Rock.
His father helped Dwayne deal with depression when at age 23, he was passed over by the NFL.
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Rocky, who had been living in Florida, was married twice - first to Una Johnson, the mother of his kids Curtis and Wanda, for six years until 1968, and then to Ata Maivia, Dwayne's mom, in 1970. They divorced in 2003. Dwayne is pictured with Ata in Miami in 2017.
In early 2019, Dwayne bought his father a house - after giving his mother any house she wanted for Christmas (2018).
Dwayne said he called his dad and told him to start looking for a house in North Florida.
He shared his father's response on Instagram: "No one ever called me to tell me there're going to buy me a house before, and the fact it's you, it's my son... I'm proud of you, and I love you so much."
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