Joe Rogan’s offhand joke about “shooting homeless people” in Los Angeles sparked outrage on Twitter as the Spotify podcaster was accused of inciting violence against the unhoused.

A viral clip circulating on social media shows Rogan interviewing a guest, comedian Tom Segura, during his July 14 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

As both men smoke cigars, they discuss the burgeoning homelessness problem in Los Angeles.

Segura mentions a recent federal court ruling that barred the city from taking possession of a homeless person’s personal property.

The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit by advocates for the homeless who sued Los Angeles for a city ordinance that allowed it to immediately remove and dispose of an item stored in a public area if it did not fit into a 60-gallon container.

Segura told Rogan that the federal court ruling made it more difficult for the city to prevent homeless encampments from springing up.

“When you see stuff like that on the streets, at least in Los Angeles or California, that’s protected property,” Segura said.

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Rogan interviewed comedian Tom Segura on his July 14 podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is streamed on Spotify.
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“Like by law. That’s that’s person’s property by law.”

Rogan responded: “Oh, a homeless person’s property is protected?”

“Absolutely. If you were to try to move that or take that…” Segura said, before Rogan interjected.

“You’d get arrested. Hilarious,” Rogan said.

“But they wouldn’t arrest you if you shot somebody. Maybe you should just go shoot the homeless people.”

“I like your ideas,” Segura said.

“And if nobody claims it. I mean nobody does anything about violent crime in LA anymore,” Rogan said.

Reaction on Twitter was scathing.

Homeless people in Los Angeles
Rogan joked about “shooting” homeless people in Los Angeles.
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“Nothing like a couple of rich f–ks setting around smoking cigars and criticizing people at their rock bottom,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user accused Rogan of “advocating for the murder of people who have nothing and are at their lowest point.”

“Joe Rogan is outraged that…the homeless are allowed to own things?” another Twitter user wrote.

Homeless people in Los Angeles
Rogan and Segura discussed a recent federal court ruling that barred the city of Los Angeles from disposing of personal items belonging to homeless people.
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“He thinks he’s entitled to steal from the homeless? The same people who base their whole political outlook on the sanctity of private property also think personal property is a crime for the poor.”

The Post has reached out to Spotify seeking comment.

Rogan has been a lightning rod of controversy since Spotify signed him to a massive, $200 million exclusive licensing deal two years ago.

Earlier this year, Neil Young and other pop stars pulled their music from the streaming platform in protest of Rogan’s podcast, which they accused of spreading misinformation related to COVID-19 and vaccines.



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