Though podcaster Joe Rogan continues to excel at what he does despite all the attempts by the media, Big Tech, so-called “medical experts,” the Biden admin, and leftists to either neuter or cancel him, some of his supporters have grown concerned that recent moves by Spotify – including their deletion of dozens of Rogan Experience episodes – will eventually force him into a position where he feels he has to moderate his content to a significant degree in an effort to appease the outrage mobs and take some of the heat off of Spotify, which has also come under fire in recent weeks.
Enter Rumble, a wildly successful Toronto-based video platform that has emerged as a big competitor to YouTube thanks in part to Rumble’s commitment to open dialogue as opposed to YouTube’s ongoing efforts to censor people like Joe Rogan for daring to ask questions and share differing opinions on government dictates and mandates on the Wuhan virus. Dan Bongino, a Rumble investor, was recently banned from YouTube which was no skin off his back considering 1) he had already left and 2) a month ago Bongino passed the 2 million subscriber mark at Rumble.
Just a few hours ago, Rumble publicly posted an offer to Rogan on Twitter for $100 million over a four-year period free from censorship:
— Rumble (@rumblevideo) February 7, 2022
There were hints over the weekend that this offer was coming from Pavlovski, considering his amplification of tweets from the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and others urging Rogan to go ahead and make the move.
As of this writing, a tweet that includes video of Rogan talking in October 2021 about the success of Rumble and how he “certainly would be” on the Rumble platform is the pinned tweet on Pavlovski’s page:
— Chris Pavlovski (@chrispavlovski) October 26, 2021
As for Spotify, they made clear in a recent statement to staff members that they “do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer,” but they’ve also been criticized for pledging to “balance” the Rogan podcast by offering “access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time.”
In my opinion, Rogan should seriously consider the offer from Rumble. As noted above, Dan Bongino has done extremely well there, where he has over 2 million followers in contrast to the 890,000 or so he had a YouTube.
Plus, the concerns of Rogan’s defenders over the possibility of him feeling forced to back down and be more conciliatory than he already has been are very real. Considering that one of the reasons Rogan is so popular is because he’s had such a strong backbone through all this, the move would be worth his while, in my view, because if he becomes any more apologetic in light of the increased efforts from his detractors, he will start bleeding subscribers.
At Rumble, he wouldn’t have to worry about that. Just from what little we know about the offer, it would be a win all the way around, not just for Rogan but also for Rumble – and even more importantly, free speech.