Stern’s decades-long run on terrestrial radio changed the way broadcasters spoke to us. Stern not only pummeled the boundaries of on-air decency but opened up the format for a new generation of talkers.
That Stern is long gone, replaced by a progressive scold who hunkers in his Long Island estate for fear of contracting COVID-19. Rogan paid Stern his dues during the latest edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
The burly podcaster also mourned Stern’s dramatic decline.
Rogan, along with Shane Gillis and Matt McCusker of “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast,” explored how today’s society forces people to embrace certain views .. or else.
That led to Gillis recalling some of the outrageous bits Stern regularly aired during the 1990s, sketches no traditional performer could conduct today. Former Stern bits included a warped take on “Hollywood Squares” featuring mentally-challenged “stars” and racists like Ku Klux Klan leader Daniel Carver.
“People make fun of Howard Stern because of who he is now and the way he behaves now, but that guy was the man … he was out there doing wild s*** on the radio.
“And now, he’s woke. It’s crazy,” Rogan added. McCusker suggested why Stern changed so dramatically.
“He has to be [woke] because the skeletons that guy [has in the closet],” McCusker said, alluding to reams of comedy sketches that would get him canceled today. Stern acknowledged that two years ago after some of his racially-charged sketches “resurfaced” following the BLM protests of 2020.
It may explain why other rambunctious comics, like Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler, similarly embraced woke ideology.
Later, Rogan and his guests showed why Stern is no longer relevant to today’s culture. Rogan brought up how the “machine” is targeting President Joe Biden via the drip-drip-drip release of classified documents news.
Gillis cracked that the best way to push Biden off the political stage is to let him give an interview, alluding to the president’s diminished mental state.
“They were hiding him during the presidential campaign,” Rogan recalled of how the DNC kept the former Vice President away from the public in 2020.
Biden’s alleged corruption and mental state are topics the woke Stern wouldn’t go near today because they paint progressives in a negative light. And, if he did broach Biden’s roiling documents scandal, he’d use it as an excuse to scorch President Donald Trump’s own document drama.