This weekend, Joe Rogan's new podcast studio was brutally roasted by his critics on social media. Rogan has been experimenting with new looks for his headquarters since moving from Los Angeles, California to Texas, and some did not like where he landed. Others thought that it was perfect for the Lonestar State.
Rogan now speaks to fans from in front of a massive neon sign reading "The Joe Rogan Experience," which is hung on a wall of mismatched wooden planks. Podcaster Jennifer Albright got the ball rolling on Friday by tweeting: "Why is Joe Rogan's podcasting studio decorated like a BBQ restaurant." The post took off, with responses and quote tweets offering all manner of explanations for the odd look. Even those who are not fans of Rogan drew plenty of conclusions from the rustic arrangement.
Tucker Carlson is also doing a show that he records in a fake log cabin, which is extremely funny— hi, I’m gay actor Michael Douglas (@Bowsnonk) May 1, 2021
Rogan is a massive force in the burgeoning podcasting industry, but he is also one of its most controversial figures. He has made frequent transphobic comments, sometimes directed at specific individuals which have real-world consequences for those people. He has also refused to accept responsibility for spreading misinformation on major stories, such as the California wildfires or the COVID-19 pandemic.
For some critics, it was a nice distraction to tease Rogan's interior decorating rather than his words. Here is a look at the thorough roasting of Rogan's new studio.
I thought nothing could be worse than the spaceship tanning bed pic.twitter.com/dhQrE2OpeB— Jackie Gregory (@jackietgregory) May 1, 2021
his last one was inside the oven, hes slowly moving his way out to the parking lot pic.twitter.com/gtPVD3NLaq— Killing CommanderCody (@SparkRogue) May 1, 2021
Rogan's other recent studio arrangements did not fare any better in the comments. Many fans roasted the comedian's decor choices from the beginning of his podcasting days.prevnext
Such a great show. RIP Phil Hartman.— ballswick (@Jestingrabbit) May 1, 2021
Of course, any studio Rogan sets up will always bear comparisons to the set of News Radio, where he made the jump from a stand-up comedian to a sitcom actor.prevnext
I guess surrounding oneself with masculine signifiers is easier than doing any self-reflection— hi, I’m gay actor Michael Douglas (@Bowsnonk) May 1, 2021
Some fans made grim commentary about the state of masculinity itself based on Rogan's decorations. They pitied him for having few options that would fit into the aesthetic he wanted to project.prevnext
Seems to be the macho faux rugged equivalent of the faux artisinal wedding aesthetic.
The "hip" neo-calvanist evangelicals love it too. Essentially it's the stupid man who thinks he's clever look. pic.twitter.com/Ju03SJJp6o— Simon☜ ( ʘᴗʘ☜) (@simodoho) May 1, 2021
In addition to a restaurant, many compared Rogan's set-up to a faux-rustic wedding.prevnext
Video Game Console
i thought he was doing it in a gaming pc pic.twitter.com/fQ6SZuGTIF— Nice (@Myshna_) May 1, 2021
Rogan's previous red-light set-up was compared to the inside of a video game console — a location that would likely please many of his die-hard fans.prevnext
Because Texas https://t.co/iPGM58JTFq— DXME (@Dameee_) May 2, 2021
On the surface, some thought the barbecue aesthetic was intentional, and that it must reflect Rogan's recent move from California to Texas.prevnext
Cuz Bill Burr gave him shit for having the American Flag as a backdrop.— jason (@JasonLareau) May 1, 2021
exactly.— AlphaNerd (@QuesoSauce) May 2, 2021
and the reaction to that interesting, red studio pretty much proves the majority of his audience are not sycophantic dude-bros cause those guys would accept his show on youtube if it was shot in an english tea house with doilies and sugar cubes.
In truth, some fans really had dedicated some thought to Rogan's shifting aesthetic, and they had legitimate theories about why these changes had been made. Some even went further, refreshing their generalizations about his fanbase based on these changes.prev