The controversy surrounding podcaster Joe Rogan shows no signs of dying down, with the furor over his repeated use of the n-word in old episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience" reaching such a fever pitch he was forced to issue a public apology.
Actress Melanie Lynskey isn't buying it.
The New Zealand-born star of Showtime's Yellowjackets took to Twitter over the weekend to call into question Rogan's apology and his assertion that his uses of the word were taken out of context, and people are applauding her for it.
See the tweet below.
"I don’t think a word can slip out of your mouth unless it regularly comes out of your mouth. I’m not going around accidentally calling people Horace"
Rogan has been at the center of two overlapping controversies in recent weeks that saw music legends like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young removing their music from Spotify in protest of the misinformation about COVID-19 Rogan has repeatedly amplified on his podcast.
Rogan apologized and Spotify agreed to add a content warning to Rogan's show before deleting some 70 relevant episodes, in part due to intense backlash from Spotify employees. But just as that was beginning to die down, a supercut of clips from as far back as 2010 of Rogan using the n-word almost instantly went viral.
Rogan took to Instagram to apologize again, calling the incidents “the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly" and explaining that his understanding of the rules around white people using the word was different at the time.
But many people shared Lynskey's skepticism in light of Rogan's history, which includes more than 40 episodes Spotify already quietly deleted last April because they featured chummy conversations with figures like white nationalist Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and comedian Chris D'Elia, who was accused of sexual harassment by multipl women.
And on Twitter, people applauded Lynskey for her call-out of Rogan.
Lynskey didn't stop there, though.
When a Twitter friend joked Lynskey called him a "dirty Horace" just yesterday, Lynskey had more fun at Rogan's expense, mocking his repeated laments about "cancel culture" supposedly "silencing" him.
Well played, Ms. Lynskey.