Joe Rogan accused of anti-Semitism — RT World News
Podcast host claims ‘Jews love money’ like ‘Italians love pizza’
Joe Rogan has been accused of spreading “casual anti-Semitism” after defending US Representative Ilhan Omar’s criticism of the role of money in US-Israeli relations. The idea that the Jewish people “are not in the money” East “Fuck stupid,” the podcast host argued.
Speaking to reporters Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti in the latest episode of his podcast on Saturday, Rogan condemned Republicans for kicking Omar out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for a 2019 statement on Israel. At the time, Omar said that American support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Although Omar apologized, Rogan said she shouldn’t have.
“She apologizes for talking about ‘it’s all about the Benjamins’, which is all about the money, she’s talking about the money,” he said. “This is not an anti-Semitic statement. I don’t think that’s the case. The idea that Jews don’t like money is ridiculous, it’s like saying Italians don’t like pizza. It’s fucking stupid.
Ball agreed, saying Omar shouldn’t have apologized and the donor money is “a very obvious reason why… there was a one-party consensus vis-à-vis the Israeli government” in Washington.
However, Rogan’s comments sparked a wave of condemnation online. Ted Deutch, CEO of the American Jewish Committee and former Congressman accused Summon Rogan “the same tropes that have been used to persecute Jews for centuries”, warning him that “It’s dangerous to be so flippant in trafficking anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
“To say that the Jews are ‘in the money’ is to erase our history”, the “Movement against anti-Semitism” addedwhile Jewish author David Baddiel called the stereotype a “racist myth”.
“Unless my history lessons really missed something, no one exterminated much of the entire Italian community because of their love for pepperoni,” Baddiel joked.
Joe Rogan has been at the center of much controversy in recent years, ranging from outrage over his past use of racial slurs to his promotion of ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19. More recently, Rogan has spoken out against the representation of the Ukrainian government and military as “hero,” when the media was talking before “in regards to [the] Ukraine’s massive corruption and how awful it was there.
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