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Joe Rogan is sorta sorry for saying ‘cunty’

Apologies have been coming out over MOTORBOATGATE 2: THE CUNTENING. First we’ve got an itty bitty release from entitled DANA WHITE STATEMENT:

Joe Rogan recently made an offensive statement reflecting a personal opinion that does not represent the UFC in any way. I have addressed this directly with Joe.

This was actually after Joe had released his own semi-apology on the same Underground Forums where he got nabbed calling Yahoo blogger Maggie Hendricks cunty:

This sport is infested with these people, and what they’re going to have to realize is that if they want to be writers and they want their stuff to be read and ingested than they themselves must become public figures in the process, and that includes being shit on for what you put out there.  The illusion of anonymity and a lack of repercussions available to the subjects of your work is a thing of the past.

Writers should expect to be openly critiqued and criticized online by anyone any everyone, because guess what – those people writing forum posts shitting on your work are just as much a legit “journalist” as any of these website people.

Translation: He just reported on your reporting, and the headline was “THIS REPORTER SUCKS.” Don’t take it too personally though Maggie … he showed his main beef was with a post where he felt you criticized him, so his journalistic neutrality might come into question on this one.

My apologies to Maggie Hendricks for calling her “cunty,” and I truly hope I didn’t hurt her feelings.  My forum post was honest and off the cuff, and I didn’t think out the possible reactions to it.  I don’t know the woman, and I’m sure she’s probably a nice person in real life, but if I have a point with any of this it’s that when you put negative shit out there in the form of bitchy blog posts, that shit is going to come right back at you, and you better not be surprised.

Yes, he just apologized for saying cunty and instead replaces it with ‘bitchy’. Yes, he switched his word usage to ‘bitchy’ in there because bitchy isn’t the horrific forbidden word that cunty apparently is.

I feel like I’m a friend of Lars von Trier trying to convince people that Lars doesn’t really sympathize with Nazis even though he said “I sympathize with Nazis.” There’s no winning this argument, because you ain’t getting out from under that Nazi quote. With Rogan, there’s no getting past his usage of the word cunty, no matter how often he might use the word to describe stuff other than female reporters. You get caught in a media shitstorm after calling a woman a cunt, and you’re gonna get labeled a sexist prick.
On the other hand, I agree with this part of his argument: being a member of the MMA media doesn’t give you some sort of magic protection from being shit talked by people in MMA. And why should it? Welcome to Web 2.0, where you interact with everyone and they interact right back. The media policies of current major sports leagues are overly strict and basically stop players, managers, and anyone associated with the league from every saying anything interesting ever. The main argument being made right now through these motorboating and cunty incidents is that MMA needs to be more like these other, overly muzzled leagues. And when MMA fans say they’re not interested in that happening, well then they must just be ignorant sexual harassment apologists.

Joe Rogan crossed a line and got a media bitchslap over it. But that shit with Rampage Jackson that started it all was nothing. IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. People continue to try and turn it into a big deal, but sexual harassment is only sexual harassment if the person involved feels harassed. And no matter how hard others have tried to make Karyn Bryant feel like she should be the victim (to the point where they’ve attacked her professionalism), she refuses to accept that role.

It comes down to people trying to dictate what is and is not proper in the sport of MMA. Most of us agree a line should be drawn somewhere but a lot of us are pretty leery about where that line would be if it was drawn by an over-reactive media willing to make mountains out of molehills for traffic and profit. Because we’ve seen how that shit works out in other sports, and it leads to stuff like the No Fun League.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    sexual harassment is only sexual harassment if the person involved feels harassed

    ^this couldnt be any more correct.

  • CAP says:

    This site should be changed to HarrassLinker.

  • kvelertak says:

    He talked about it on his podcast and he uses the word cunty on their all the time.

    He basically talked about how she’s a shitty writer who attacks fighters, and that people are uptight pieces of shit.

  • Letibleu says:

    This is the word that never ends.
    It gets said and said my friends.
    Someone started saying it not knowing what it was,
    and they’ll continue saying it forever just because,

    This is the word that never ends.
    It gets said and said my friends.
    Someone started saying it not knowing what it was,
    and they’ll continue saying it forever just because,

    This is the word that never ends.
    It gets said and said my friends.
    Someone started saying it not knowing what it was,
    and they’ll continue saying it forever just because,

  • Letibleu says:

    Oh, where is Chael when we need him? Throw him into the mix! Imagine the shitstorm if all the sudden her UFC credentials are pulled :O Won’t happen, but fun to think about.

  • agentsmith says:

    So how long until the UFC pulls her credentials?

  • Monstrosity says:


    Only weak people let words on the internet bother them.

    I understand what the CUNT was trying to say about Rampage. problem is, she was trying to call for a rally against Rampage. Its like the people who don’t like violent video games so they don’t want anyone playing violent video games at all. If the CUNT doesn’t like how Rampage acts to female reports then fine don’t cover him. but like a CUNT she did a CUNTY thing and wanted all of MMA to rise against Rampage and not cover him period. So people let her know is a very colorful way, how dumb that idea was. the only reason why this is even an issue is because Joe Rogan has status in the MMA community.

  • matthewpolly says:

    Personally, I think it was Kevin Iole’s shitfit column that caused Rogan to backtrack. He must have thought that if Iole had the courage to buck and be outraged, he’d really stepped over the line.

  • P W says:

    “I’m sorry for calling you cunty… but I was being totally honest and you’re also bitchy and full of shit.”

    Man, he probably was better of NOT “apologizing”.

  • matthewpolly says:

    “those people writing forum posts shitting on your work are just as much a legit “journalist” as any of these website people.” Rogan

    Incidentally, this is bullshit for one simple reason. Journalists have to sign their name to their work, and thus take responsibility if they write something controversial. With the exception of Rogan (which is why he probably thinks this way) and a few others, people who post on forums do it anonymously and thus do not. The worst that can happen is that they get banned from the site.

    Maggie Hendricks had to consider in the back of her mind as she wrote the post: a) will this get me fired, b) will this get me de-credentialed from UFC events making me less valuable to my employers and thus get me fired, c) will my bosses be pissed off, lower my performance review and thus not give me a raise this year, d) will future employers read about the controversy and be less likely to hire me, e) will I get flamed and called “3rd world ugly” and worse repeatedly in the UG, which, yes, comes with the territory but is not pleasant to read.

  • frickshun says:

    I’m taking Rogan’s sorta apology as a “You’re Welcome” to all you asses for explaining why he crossed the line a bit.

    Regarding Rampage…….I mentioned this a couple of wks ago but anyone notice that he’s getting way more exposure lately between the Craig Ferguson thing, Boost commercial & I just caught his cameo on The Cleveland Show (which is a terrible, unfunny show mostly). It was actually a funny bit.

    Dude must have gotten better a management team.

  • Billytk says:

    I think it’s funny that people expect Dana to fire Rogan or even punish him at all considering Dana has done the exact same thing himself but went one step further and pulled the credentials of the reporter he called a cunt lol

  • Letibleu says:

    Apologies are not Rogans fortitude. He is probably going to stop talking about it now. It has now gotten to the point where everyone is beating a dead horse. This is doing nobody any good. This is the kind of attention none of the parties involved should be seeking. Also, too many people are getting in on the pecking party. Ryan and Matthew Polly have had the best views so far out of the entire gang (I am not brown nosing, I am sure other readers will agree).

  • matthewpolly says:

    best graphic of all. and i am brown-nosing.

  • P W says:

    Matthew Poultry?

  • Letibleu says:

    HA! Had not thought of that! And sorry Matt, just noticed I did not capitalize your last name.

    Mike Fagan

  • Jarman says:

    Was gonna say this is a kinda post that makes me glad I check this site every day still, but then felt I had to add that these comments remind me why I check the comments. Nice pecking order.

    Kinda sucks that Rogan gets bitchslapped for being one of the few known commenters, but Hendricks gets defended from being called cunty for being a cunty journalist.

  • iamphoenix says:

    a cunt is a cunt no matter what you call the cunt.

  • Blackleg says:

    “…sexual harassment is only sexual harassment if the person involved feels harassed.”

    Unfortunately that is *not* the case, current harassment guidelines extend to anyone that witnesses the behavior/hears the joke/etc. Tell an “ethnic joke” to your black friend at work – doesn’t matter that he thought it was funny and it didn’t offend him, that nerdy white guy in the next cubicle is all kinds of butthurt over it. Enjoy your sensitivity training, assuming they didn’t can you for it. This isn’t all that different, though in this case the offended party wasn’t in the next cubby. Incredibly stupid but that’s how it works now.

  • iamphoenix says:

    ^no one wanted your opinion go away meanie.

  • CAP says:

    if it walks like a cunt and talks like a cunt and acts like a cunt, it’s a cunt.

  • Letibleu says:

    This one nobody will see so here

  • frickshun says:

    Went to the beach @ 6am to do some volleyball training. One of the guys dove for a ball & came up wincing. Apparently, he landed on a shell or some broken glass & opened a small cunt on his knee. He’s Egyptian so I didn’t really care…..

  • iamphoenix says:

    i don’t see why you posted a picture of sarah palin…you could have at least photoshopped it or something man.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    The clit/nose hood is fucking amazing.

  • doctormma says:

    Excellent posts by the way was a very interesting read but I have to disagree..

    Having dealt with many sexual harassment issues with my ex-wife I speak from experience.

    Just like Backleg stated sexual harassment does apply to a third party witnessing although his description was not a good one.

    Take for example your wife/sister works in an sales office. She works really hard and is at the top of her game and office. In walks a new girl gets a promotion ahead of your wife/sister with no results.

    A few days later your wife/sister walks in on them and the boss is banging her on the desk. That is sexual harassment.. because of the implied favouritism.

    Is it cunty of your wife or sister to file.. I think not.. what would be cunty is if she blackmailed the two of them and got herself a promotion.

    Maggie Hendricks had a right to voice her concerns not so much for the motorboat part of the interview.. what the highly offensive part of the interview was when Rampage said he would only do the interview because she (Byrant) was hot. That for me is where the line was crossed and MH had the right to complain as a third party. She could file with the UFC & a Human Rights Commission about that comment in particular.

    Like I said I have been on the other side of it.. my ex-wife being bubbly got some very unwarranted behaviour.. but truth is if you file a complaint the criminal actually has a right to defend themselves.. and corporately the complainant loses because everyone else is afraid that they are a trouble maker.. so promotions will evaporate.

    I had some choices at the time.. I could’ve hauled off and punched the guys.. which normally would’ve been my approach.. but would’ve landed me in jail.. and corporately have screwed me also.

    So being a bright boy.. I instead chose to have a quiet one on one with their superior..

    The convo went as such:

    We are good people we don’t want to file a complaint.. we would like to keep this quiet.. for their family and ours.. blah blah blah..

    What that does is not allow them to defend themselves.. it is very hush hush their boss strips them of all females in their department.. the promotion train dies.. they are stuck in limbo if not demoted at a later date or fired.. and you come off looking like the good guy because you didn’t want to cause any trouble.. for the company.. or the management.. you are more trusted which leads to promotion..

    Pretty tight package in the end..

    For the delinquents out there.. your fluidity with the harassment policy.. will also cast doubt on any claims being put forward against you because they think.. you couldn’t do it because of the trauma you already suffered. How is that for end game.

    Personally throughout my life in Management I always allowed the women to molest me first then with the green light I would just watch my surroundings for 3rd parties, of course I was single at that point. All is cool then.

    Rampage has to be reeled in, he has gone too far on many occasions, same as Joe.. I too listened to his podcasts from the start.. but he went from interesting and bashing others for hating to constantly hating on people and being so negative.

    I appreciate as a comedian he is trying to push the envelope with his verbiage.. but the truth is his feathers were ruffled and unfortunately Joe’s feathers ruffle so easy now that he acts all cunty, instead of doing what he did so great.

    I have no issue with him on the UFC telecasts but I stopped listening to the podcast.. too negative.. and not as informative as it once was. But I would like to add that this isn’t his first offence, he has attacked others on many occasions and as the voice and face of the UFC it does reflect on them whether he is a contractor or not.

    Time to reign them both in.. as I am sure Dana has.

    I am to a certain extent more upset with Rampage’s attacks on the male media of late such as Ariel and Ken Flo.. because he is trying to in an essence silence the critique of the male media by bullying them in a fascist way.

    I know that Alpha attitude that he talks about and those Ariel interviews he was imposing himself on Ariel.. I used to talk the same crap before I intimidated a guy then punched him in the face so I know exactly what Rampage was up to.

    Some think it was funny I assure you the intent was to intimidate and he succeeded.

    Ariel initially a couple of weeks out on his show thought Hamil would win a close decision.. it seems during that first intimidating interview that all of a sudden Ariel changed his view to: A Rampage lock.

    Unfortunately Ariel lost credibility there.. he was bullied as a kid from all accounts.. and there is only one way to deal with a bully.. he failed and turned tail.

    That was a sad day, because Ariel without malice asks the right questions because he cares to get us the answers. His reputation was compromised by a guy I used to like as a fighter in the Pride days.

    I am glad John Jones did an interview with MMA Heat poking fun at Rampage.. with a service announcement. Hopefully it will get under Rampages thin skin..

    I can’t wait for the bully beat down.. I hope JJ retires his old crabby ass. Would love to see a power bomb just like the one on Arona.. with Rampage on the end of it.

  • iamphoenix says:

    ^i am not going to read this.

  • Letibleu says:

    Woah. I only have a few minutes before I reenact the movie “Into The Wild” so this is NOT going to be the last thing I read. Besides, you used a double dot(..) 47 times and I don’t agree with that.

  • Jarman says:

    ^Holy shit, you counted how many double periods he had? Dammit, and I was impressed with myself that I read it all. What a condescending memo……you must be corporate management. Sorry to say, but you’re wrong. Just so very wrong. Everything about it. R-O-N-G wrong.

  • frickshun says:

    Dr. MMA–>I don’t completely HATE YOUR FUCKING FACE…..yet.

    Please never do that again.

    PS: You spelled offense wrong too.

  • doctormma says:

    Just because a bunch of guys on the internet say it is ok.. doesn’t mean.. it is.

    Just like you are entitled to your opinion so are others.. and I don’t work for corporate america.

    So if you take “offence” tough cookies.. circle jerk on your own time.

    If you don’t want to read my post.. you have your democratic right to scroll..

    If I was looking for votes I would be a politician.. so save your love affair for you’re inbred sisters.

    Yes and I did throw.. you’re.. in there just to piss some of you off.

    Funny how some don’t want to be dictated to on how to act but yet try to dictate to others how they should.. right.. (did it again) or voice their opinions.

    Initially there were only 6 doubles points.. but I added more to spice things up.

  • iamphoenix says:

    ^just who do you think you are? coming in here trying to rationalize the comment sections of fightlinker…you must be out of your mind.

    this reminds me, hopefully i’ll be off work in time to buy bread and peanut butter. i really miss peanut butter jelly sangwiches. maybe i’ll be some milk. and cups. plastic cups. the red ones. then if i buy milk maybe i won’t be able to drink it all before it goes bad. i don’t drink that much milk. then maybe i should by some cereal. but then i would have to buy bowls too. plastic bowls. and then i would have to buy spoons as well. the plastic type. i would really have to commit to this milk. i don’t know if all that is worth it. really, how many times will i need the milk other than to eat cereal and drink with pbj? maybe for breakfast from now on i’ll eat a bowl of cereal and a pbj. then i would have to buy orange juice. and banana’s. that’s a lot of stuff to get. what if the banana’s go bad before i get to eat them all? what’s the shelf life on banana’s? i usually throw it out when it was a couple of brown spots. they look so gross with brown spots. i only get to eat about 3 pbj’s before i throw the rest of the loaf away because the bread looks so crazy to me after 3 days. the only time i like bread is with a pb or with grilled cheese on it. or a cheeseburger. toasted buns. but i don’t eat cheeseburgers anymore. i don’t want to go all the way to the commissary just to buy bread. i would have to wait for the bus…don’t really feel like doing that. then all the way back i’ll have all these bags with me and people will be looking to see what i bought…judging my banana’s and bread, peanut butter, plastic spoons and cereal…they’ll be like WHOAH THIS GUY IS NEVER GOING TO LEAVE HIS ROOM OMG WHAT A LOSER HE LIKES LUCKY CHARMS. then that’s so much trash…spoons, cups, bowls…unless i eat the cereal out the cups? do people do that?

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  • doctormma says:

    ^I didn’t read Flaming Birds… attempt at being funny.

    Agent your wife called she said yours was too short. If you like we could schedule an appointment so you can come in and talk about it. Maybe we can surgically remove the dick from your head and transplant it.

    Message to All: It’s a public forum if you forgot to take your A.D.D. medication and feel left out scroll.. your remaining brain cells would’ve been over-worked anyways with logic.

    Way too many Keyboard Alpha’s online…… (wow a sextuplet period with an inverted half skater waggy/phaggy) in the real world not so much.

  • iamphoenix says:

    what i wrote was entirely true. i do want a pbj. and a banana.

  • doctormma says:

    I bet you do want the banana.. goes down chunky.. I am told.

  • iamphoenix says:

    i do want a banana. that’s why i said it.

  • matthewpolly says:

    Dear doctormma,
    There is a difference between an extended analogy and a crazed monologue. One clue is bragging about your sexual past.

    “Personally throughout my life in Management I always allowed the women to molest me first then with the green light I would just watch my surroundings for 3rd parties, of course I was single at that point. All is cool then.”

    If you are such a MAN that the women you managed couldn’t keep their hands off you, then be a MAN and log in with your real name. Otherwise, restrain from broadcasting your incoherent, delusional fantasies. This is a forum for MMA fans who enjoy dick jokes, not blowhards.

    Matthew Polly (that’s my real name—you can look me up.)