MMA fighter Fallon Fox is calling out Joe Rogan for recent comments he made on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast about transgender people.
The retired MMA brawler was previously targeted by the longtime UFC commentator on his show in 2013, with Rogan calling her a man and saying “she’s not really a she.”
“First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a woman’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Fox wrote on social media, “Joe Rogan is being transphobic yet again. He has had more transphobic episodes than you can shake a stick at. Spotify needs to cancel his show already.”
Fox was repsonding to Rogan’s recent interview with fellow comedian Jim Breuer when he said about the trans community, “The problem is it becomes a protected subject and then you get praised for transferring your gender, for changing your gender. And then it gets exciting for people to talk about, and then you get chastised for even discussing it in any weird way.”
Rogan said about trans people, “And then people who were marginalized for being, like, generally dumb people, if they transfer over and become another gender, then they get praised. There’s been a lot of people who are, like, idiots, but then they become trans, and now all of a sudden we think they’re amazing.”
Rogan earlier said about trans people, “This has always been a thing, but it has been taboo and hidden for the most part.” He told Breuer, “It’s not fake.” Rogan later said about transitioning, “Human beings if they want to do this as an adult, and they know for a fact they want to do it as an adult, then they should be able to make their own choices. But when you have really young children and you have all this reinforcement from people and trans activists, like literally encourage people to do this, you can’t quantify what’s going on inside a person’s mind.”
Rogan added, “I think the problem is for some people it is the right choice. If you got them on hormone blockers and then they transition to become a woman they might ultimately be happier. But they might not too. And so when you’re in this position where you talk about a minor, and you use absolutes, like ‘this is where they want to be,’ ‘this is their true gender,’ ‘this is what they should do’ and then you encourage them and you lead them along, you’re in this weird place when you talk to young people, you can encourage young people to do a lot of things because they’re very malleable, young people are very easily influenced.”
Fox, who was the first openly trans athlete in MMA history, retired in 2014 with a record of six wins and one loss, by knockout.