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Phil Robertson says Joe Rogan shouldn’t be canceled — and neither should Whoopi Goldberg

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"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson says that neither podcaster Joe Rogan nor "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg should be cancelled for their recent controversies.

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In a recent interview with Fox News, Robertson said that he didn't believe subjecting people with apparently controversial takes — such as Rogan and Goldberg — to cancel culture will do anyone any good.

Rogan has been under fire for the last several weeks after music superstars Neil Young and Joni Mitchell called on Spotify to remove Rogan's wildly popular podcast or pull their musical libraries. Spotify, however, did not kneel to the thug-like mentality, and refused to pull Rogan off of the streaming platform despite their cries that he was spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Rogan later faced further criticism after he was found to have used the N-word on past podcast episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience."

Rogan issued apologies for the old episodes, and said, "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. Instead of saying the N-word, I would just say the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.”

“I never used it to be racist, because I’m not racist,” Rogan added in the apology. “But whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say, ‘I’m not racist,’ you f***ed up. And I clearly have f***ed up."

Robertson told the digital news network, "Canceling people may shut them up, but it doesn’t change anyone’s convictions. I’m about helping people shift their attention away from the lies of the evil one and focusing on Christ. The only way we can do that is to have a discussion. This is why I’m not for canceling even the most outrageous people like Whoopi Goldberg. "

"Let her talk," he added. "Show her the same respect you want shown to your side of the political spectrum. Same thing with Joe Rogan — if the people who are screaming are all that confident that they are right, why are they so afraid of his speech?"

Goldberg was suspended from "The View" after saying that she wasn't sure the Holocaust had anything to do with racism, and instead characterized the genocide as "man's inhumanity to man."

She later apologized for her misspeak, saying, "My words upset so many people, which was never my intention. I understand why now and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful and helped me understand some different things."

Robertson concluded, "Treat others the way you want to be treated. If [Whoopi’s] wrong (and I think she probably is), it’ll come to light as soon as we engage in a conversation."

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