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'You Can't Just Let People Camp Everywhere': Joe Rogan on Homeless Tents in Cities Under Democratic Leadership
Joe Rogan: “… people that are on these homeless Commission they're making hundreds of 1000s of dollars… and they're out there, 'Well, we're doing our best to outreach and get them safe crack pipes.'”
Joe Rogan and Gabriel Iglesias discussed the escalating issue of homelessness in downtown Los Angeles. Rogan began by reminiscing about his time filming Fear Factor in downtown LA in 2003, noting the significant homeless population even back then. “There’s so many homeless people down there,” he said, shocked at the situation.
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Iglesias echoed Rogan’s sentiments, describing the “insane” number of tent cities that have sprung up. “Everywhere you look, it’s just like, What the hell?” he said. He was particularly struck by the fact that some of these tents have electricity, with generators and TVs, leading him to question whether some individuals choose this lifestyle.
Rogan responded, “Well, there’s probably as fucked up as it is some kind of community to being a part of this struggle with all these other people that are sleeping on the streets.” He pointed out the open-air drug use and the availability of help in places like Skid Row but lamented that the situation wasn’t improving.
What the fuck did you neglect that you let these people camp out on streets?
Why would you let that happen?
– Joe Rogan
The conversation turned when Rogan questioned why homelessness wasn’t an issue during their childhood. “It was never an issue. Like when do you remember when your kids ever seen tents? Never, never.” He expressed frustration at the perceived inaction of authorities, asking, “What the fuck did you neglect that you let these people camp out on streets? Why would you let that happen?”
Rogan also highlighted the financial aspect of the issue, citing a friend’s conversation with a San Francisco official. “The people that are on these homeless Commission’s they’re making hundreds of 1000s of dollars a year,” he said, suggesting that there might be a lack of incentive to solve the problem. Iglesias agreed, stating, “The people that are running it if the homeless problem goes away, they don’t have a job anymore.”
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