Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan had a banner broadcast at UFC 154, which aired last Saturday night (Nov. 17, 2012) on FX Channel and pay-per-view (PPV) from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The "Fear Factor" host came under fire for calling one of the assigned referees "fat," but defends his label in its intended context, which quite simply, is the official's ability to be nimble and quick when the situation requires a fast-acting decision.
From The Joe Rogan Experience:
"You have to be knowledgeable about martial arts, and you have to be able to physically separate people. You have to be able to move, and move very quickly. It's a matter of the safety for all our fighters, and it's very important. I did joke around about it, and I called the guy fat, but guess what, he's fat. Yeah, it wasn't nice. I would never do it on real life, or on any other situation, but I was looking at someone who perhaps could possibly put someone in jeopardy... no discredit to (the Athletic Commission), but someone has to look at the possibility of some sort of physical requirement."
It might have flown under the radar; however, Rogan also uncorked a gay joke earlier in the evening, referencing a previous quip he heard from Adam Hunter about N'Sync band member Lance Bass and his ability to "come from behind."
"As a comedian, I wanted first of all to give Adam Hunter props, because it was funny. And two, if I was hanging around with my friends, I would've said it too. That's how I treat the commentary. I try to be as professional as possible, but in this situation I let that one slip. If your kids heard that, I'm sorry, I didn't think of that... I am not homophobic in the slightest, nor is that joke... It's a joke about gay sex, it's not saying there's anything wrong about gay sex."
Well Maniacs, what's your take on this? Did Rogan cross the line, or do people need to lighten up?