Joe Rogan recently slammed transgender athletes who are born male but want to compete against women in sports.
“We’re in this weird fantasy world right now where people want to be so progressive and they want to be so open-minded and they don’t want to be transphobic. So we’re letting people say and do absolutely preposterous things,” Rogan said during an episode of his popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcastairedlast week.
The issue of whether trans women should be able to compete against biological females has received renewed attention amid pushback fromvarious commentatorsand high-profile sports figures.
Onerecent studyfound that individuals who are born male retain strength advantages over women even after undergoing 12 months of hormone therapy.
Rogan, a UFC commentator and stand-up comic who hasspoken out in the past about transgender athletes, said he has no qualms with individuals choosing to identify as trans in their private lives. His opinion changes, however, when it comes to athletic competition.
“But you’re competing against women? You can go f— yourself,” he said.
Rogan referenced Fallon Fox, a transgender mixed martial artist who competed against women andbrokeopponent Tamikka Brents’ orbital bone during their 2014 match.
He also made mention ofRachel McKinnon, a professional cyclist and transgender activist who last month won gold for the sprint event in the women’s 35-39 age category at the 2019 Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England.
“There’s a reason why this woman world-champion cyclist is breaking records, or women dead-lift, these women weightlifters who used to be men are breaking records, like, by giant numbers. I mean giant numbers in power-lifting, and all they have to do is just say they used to be a man and now I’m a woman,” Rogan said.
Rogan asked listeners to envision “that’s your daughter and your daughter is getting pummeled by someone who used to be a man.”
“We are entering into this complete nonsense area, this is progressive thinking, this ideology taken to the extreme,” he added.