On the February 8 edition of his Spotify podcast, host Joe Rogan and guest Akaash Singh mocked accounts of children being raped, with Rogan asserting that when it comes to boys sexually assaulted by adult women: “You don’t feel bad at all. ... He's fine. Even 13, he's going to be fine if he’s got a good dad. You're going to be fine, kid, keep moving. Walk it off.”
These comments appear to violate Spotify’s platform rules, which prohibit content “promoting, normalizing, or glorifying child grooming behaviors.”
Rogan has recently faced widespread backlash for spreading bigotry and medical misinformation on his Spotify podcast, including repeatedly saying a racial slur, lying about the COVID-19 pandemic, and attacking trans people. Despite this, Spotify has determined that its newly published platform rules, which the company says have been internally in place “for years,” do not prohibit numerous dangerous and unfounded claims spread on The Joe Rogan Experience.
During the episode, Rogan said that when boys have sex with adult women “it depends on what the woman looks like,” and added, “If someone is gross then it's not good.” Singh then stated that Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who raped her sixth grade student in 1996, was “not that bad looking.”