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Rogan's comments about 'shooting unhoused people' denounced by organizations aimed at helping the homeless


Podcaster host Joe Rogan is in trouble with several organizations, housing bodies and the internet for comments he made pertaining to homeless people on an episode of his show.

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Joe Rogan has been slammed by several housing organizations and social media for the comments that he made on his July 14 episode about homeless people.

Rogan's line of words was him displaying his supposed shock over the fact that homeless people's tents are protected and that people who dare go there personally to remove them would be arrested.

The podcast host and his guest Tom Segura seemingly compared the response to L.A.'s crime problems to the homelessness crisis.

In his words, Rogan said:

You’d get arrested. Hilarious. But they wouldn’t arrest you if you shot somebody. Maybe you should just go shoot the homeless people.”

Rogan's comments were not well received by everyone on social media, and local activists were also appalled by the discussion that had taken place, given how influential and popular the podcaster is.

An advocate behind the podcast 'We the Unhoused,' Theo Henderson, said he was disheartened by Rogan's comments, and he added that the comments could absolutely lead to violence against homeless people.

President and C.E.O. of the downtown Los Angeles homeless shelter Union Rescue Mission, Andy Bales, expressed similar disappointment in Rogan's remarks due to the vigilantism that is targeted toward homeless people.

What truly seems to have angered most activists is the comments about beginning to kill homeless people due to the murders that are currently happening in L.A.

Rogan has been invited over by Bales for more concise learning of the conditions the homeless people in L.A. continue to experience.

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