Did this happen? In the October 11 episode of his Joe Rogan Experience Spotify podcast, Rogan claimed a school “had to put a litter box in the girls’ room because there’s a furry girl who identifies as an animal.” He went on to claim that “his mother pestered the school until they agreed to put a litter box in one of the stalls.” And in case you were wondering what one could do in a litter box, Rogan got all screwed up as he added, “So that girl goes to the litter room or the girl’s room and urinates or whatever – I don’t know if she poops in it, it’s pretty disgusting. Later, Rogan talked about it even more, saying, “Use a [expletive] bathroom. It’s sanitary. It’s much better. For example, do you want your house to smell like human urine? Yes, if this did indeed happen, you would think the local health department might have a problem with such arrangements. If it happened, it is.
So how did Rogan find out about all of this and what evidence did he provide to support this story? Well, apparently, according to Rogan, “My friend, his wife is a teacher and she works” at said school. But Rogan did not give the actual names of those involved or the name of the school or the location of the school. In fact, he didn’t give too many details beyond what you can see in the video accompanying the following tweet:
So basically all Rogan left you with is that it happened at my friend’s wife’s school. Hmm, does that sound a bit like the claim that Nicki Minaj made about a year ago, Nicki Minaj made about a year ago, that I covered for Forbes back in September 2021? It proved virtually impossible to verify this cheeky claim since Minaj never actually specified the name of the person who owned the testicles or made that person or their testicles available for interviews. Similarly, you should take Rogan’s story with a litter box full of salt until he provides more details that allow everyone to verify what he said.
During the episode, Rogan guest Tulsi Gabbard, who served in the United States House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2021, listened to Rogan’s villainous story. without really questioning any of the claims. In fact, later in the episode, Gabbard said, “There are no borders anymore,” to which Rogan replied, “Okay. The school teachers and the school itself should have said no to the parent.
Speaking of no borders, these days there seem to be no limits to what personalities and politicians can claim on podcasts, radio, TV, social media and other platforms without provide hard evidence against virtually no evidence. Rogan wasn’t the only person to make such claims about litter boxes. Looks like a number of politicians have littered the airwaves with such furious claims. In fact, Tyler Kingkade, investigative reporter for BNC Newsput together “a thread of the 20 politicians who falsely claimed this year that schools welcome kids who identify as cats, putting little boxes on campus for them [sic]in his words:
That thread included statements from U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), as you can see above, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), as you can see below:
Litter boxes in bathrooms and school hallways could be health code violations. But again, where is the evidence that such accommodations are made in schools. And where is the evidence that there is a “growing crisis” in schools of people identifying as cats using a litter box in a hallway, as a Tennessee state lawmaker claimed in the Video accompanying Kingkade’s tweet below:
There’s certainly no shortage of crises in the United States right now, ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic and obesity epidemic to mass shootings, pollution and climate change. With all of that, what are lawmakers spending their taxpayer-backed time talking about right now? And, again, where exactly is the evidence to support such catastrophic claims?
If you really think schools provide litter boxes and allow children to dispose of litter in them unsanitarily, why not contact public health officials? Ask them to investigate and collect real evidence about what is really going on. It should be too difficult to investigate. An interviewer may ask, “Is that a litter box?” And then if so, “what’s he doing in the hallway?” Let science lead the way on what to do. And if you really believe that this has all become a “crisis”, perhaps commission a study on this. This way you can get enough data to determine if real legislative action is needed and maybe even include it in the scientific literature.