Joe Rogan often finds himself in the fold of controversy as lot of the statements that he’s made as of late are controversial in nature. The UFC commentator, former MMA fighter and host of the Joe Rogan Experience is called out for his misinformed views as well, which he is accused of spreading to the masses.

Rogan took shots on transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who has been actively competing in college athletics against cisgender women. He said that Thomas getting to compete with cisgender women is an “assault on women’s sports,” and it’s “the woke straw that broke society’s camel’s back.

Thomas began transitioning in 2019, and took therapy to suppress testosterone production. The swimmer was in her early 20s. Thomas received eligibility from the University of Pennsylvania to compete in women’s athletics, and become the world’s first transgender athlete to win an NCAA title.

Rogan talked about the transgender swimmer on the Joe Rogan Experience, in an episode alongside comedian Yannis Pappas. The UFC commentator said that it’s not fair to cisgender women that Thomas gets to compete.

What it is now is not good. What it is now is an assault on women’s sports. And the idea that anyone would think it’s fair that someone who was number 4-6-2 as a man, 462 in the nation, is number 1 as a woman a year later. And that’s fair. Women are so frustrated, or parents. If your daughter is competing and they’re competing against a trans woman, it’s just not fair. It’s just not fair. No matter what anybody says. There’s this nonsense idea, of like well there’s outliers, there are outliers, and then there are biological males. That’s beyond outliers.

Lia Thomas has been a competent swimmer even before transitioning. The NCAA champ finished in the 2nd place in the 500-yard freestyle, 1,000-yard, and 1,650-yard freestyle in the 2019 Ivy League Championships. It is a highly competitive environment where it is impossible for a fluke to work. However, many still think that Thomas holds an unfair advantage over other swimmers.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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