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So I Guess We’re Not Going to Talk About Joe Rogan Calling a Female MMA Writer ‘Cunty’?

(“Great night of fights, Joe, and I’ll see you next Tuesday.”)

Earlier this week, when the “Rampage motorboating Karyn Bryant” video started to circulate among the MMA blogosphere, our friend Maggie Hendricks at wrote a post about Quinton Jackson‘s history of reporter-abuse, calling for the MMA media to stop playing along with his old, tired act.

Yesterday, the article was posted on the Underground Forum, which led to an avalanche of posters insulting everything from Hendricks’s writing ability, to her physical appearance, to her perceived jealousy of Karyn Bryant. A series of posts from UG member “The Skywalker” summed up the anti-Maggie sentiment:

The act is only old and tired to you because you seem not to like the colorful flirtatious nature of his character in the first place. And again, he isn’t assaulting anyone, he’s staying within the lines and giving them great material so they can get more hits, more ad clicks, and make more money…You try to empower yourself by implying that you have the power to take his stage away, when you know damn well that the fans couldn’t care less about who is holding the microphone. You’re not giving him a stage, he’s giving you a job. If you don’t like it, I’m sure that there are lots of other news outlets that would love (lol) to have your CV on file…

The reason we are making fun of your looks is that it is obvious that your attitude about gender relations is the result of an emotional reaction to how you have been treated, not an objective rational thought process. Nobody “expects” you to be a supermodel, because you’re a reporter. That’s something you have invented in your own mind, and looking back over your history, it’s perfectly obvious that this is nothing new. Karyn is obviously no supermodel either, and that is a large part of why Rampages joke was SO FUNNY…You might not be able to CONTROL how [your articles] are perceived, but you can control the tone of your own writing. And thus far, you have come off like a sandy-crotched whiney teenager who just got done reading Atlas Shrugged for the first time.”

Okay, normal MMA-forum banter so far, right? So then, Joe Rogan chimes in. Yes, that Joe Rogan, the color-commentator from the UFC. (It’s on page 12 of the thread, if you’re curious):

“I think Rampage occasionally gets out of line, and I think some of what he does in interviews [is] unfortunate. I also think that’s a part of his charm. He’s not a fucking dentist, he’s a cage fighter, and he’s one with a very unique personality. I don’t think he should be given a free pass for some of the questionable things he does, but I do think that this woman in question is all kinds of cunty. The Skywalker broke down everything that’s wrong with her and her shitty, cunty brand of writing to a fucking T. That, was worthy of the #BOOM.”

I’m a big fan of Joe Rogan’s work for the UFC — I was before this, and I will be after this. But how is it appropriate for an official commentator of a sport with major-league aspirations to refer to a female member of the media as “cunty”? What the hell? Even if he and Maggie have personal beef (pretty sure they don’t), it’s not something you ever say in public. Joe has a wife, a daughter, a mother, female co-workers — that word really shouldn’t be in his vocabulary.

I expected Joe’s post to grab the blogosphere’s interest this morning, just like when Joe called MMA writer Tomas Rios a “faggot” last year, which led to a smirking non-apology that also managed to incorporate the word “cunty.” But for some reason, no other MMA sites have touched it. I think it’s because the amount of outrage that Joe’s latest gaffe created was nearly non-existent. (Draw your own sad conclusions about that, and what it says about the place of women in the MMA media. By the way, Karyn Bryant was totally cool with being motorboated while her husband filmed the segment in question. Heather Nichols was not, and never covered MMA again. So no, Rampage’s antics aren’t always taken in the spirit which they’re intended, and I think Maggie’s post was dead-on.)

In a way, all stories like this feel manufactured, in the sense that us members of the media care about them, despite the fact that the majority of sports fans don’t give a rat’s ass. It’s just not part of their conversation. Nine out of ten UFC fans will side with Quinton Jackson and Joe Rogan every time, because Rampage and Joe are awesome, and motorboating is hilarious, and who the fuck is Maggie Hendricks anyway? Seriously, here’s another representative comment from the UG thread from member ‘Bat21′:

Fuck, I’m still laughing after 5 minutes. You’re the man, Joe.

Jesus. If this is the mindset of the average UFC fan, then good luck being taken seriously, guys.

A high-profile commentator for the NFL or NBA couldn’t get away with throwing around slurs like this in public forums. I know that the fast-and-loose quality of the UFC’s frontmen and fighters has been part of the brand’s great success to this point. But there will come a time (we hope) when MMA is so popular that guys like Rampage and Rogan will have to behave like gentlemen — so they may as well start practicing for it now.

-Ben Goldstein

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Jason Statham- September 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm
Such comment is totally not professional, why they are making such statement?

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Jason Statham- September 3, 2011 at 6:27 am
is this really true? what happen next?
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Jason Statham- August 22, 2011 at 12:38 am
these 2 guys just try to be funny here.
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Horsepower- June 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Real simple, Rampage is a douche bag.
Mike Jack- June 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm
This article is very nice i like it or this is very informative article or i think readers read this article they take good knowledge
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Mir please break Brocks neck- June 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm
No, no, no!!!! SHE is not a cunt nor a faggot..... Joe must have been describing the dble-duche-bag team of cunty Lorenzo and faggot Frankie Fertitta.

Get it straight Joe! You cocksucker...
beef_kurtains- June 6, 2011 at 9:34 am
It looks like BG is getting some heart burn over Joe Rogan's comments. BG, you want to know why nobody gives a shit? Here goes:

1. Joe Rogan is a comic, first and foremost. The standards set forth by most company spokespeople won't apply to Rogan. Rogan made his name coaxing people to eat blended rats, and a comic brand that doesn't shy away from four letter words. The UFC knew what they were getting with Rogan's commentary, and they haven't shied away from his brand.

Rogan isn't successful because he follows a middle-american style of commentating. He's honest, opinionated, both of which make for good commentary.

2. This was posted on an "underground" MMA forum. Look, we all know Rogan posts under his real name at MMAUG, but this isn't a public forum. It wasn't "public" commentary in the traditional sense. This is a rung or two below Jimmy the Greek getting filmed drunk as fuck in a smokey bar, but way less severe, with much less offensive language and subject matter.

3. Rogan didn't slap a label, he described her actions and writing, not the individual. Calling someone's writing 'cunty' is far less offensive than call her a 'cunt', or
a 'bitch'. There's a big difference between describing an action and flinging a label at someone.

4.Nobody gives a shit about Maggie Hendricks or her writing. This is the biggest reason it's not getting play. MMA 'journalism' is still in its infancy, which means plenty of hacks get to wield the pen. When the time comes that MMA journalism is serious, Maggie Hendricks won't have a legit job and neither will you. Bob Costa will take over and wax poetic about the incredible run of Fedor. Till then, enjoy your limited forum, but don't get it twisted, you're writing about Maggie's situation because nobody else cares. When people care, Joe Rogan won't call her column cunty, because a real professional will be writing the outrage column, and it will be done well.
phild- June 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm
"But how is it appropriate for an official commentator of a sport with major-league aspirations to refer to a female member of the media as “cunty”?

So because Rampage and Rogan have done inappropriate things, this will be the things that keep the sport from joining the major leagues? You have Ben Wright calling female golfers lesbians. Mike Tyson actually touched and raped someone. John Rocker and Marge Schott making racist comments. Randy Moss doing a little bit off everything, and Charles Barkley spitting on teenagers. I really doubt anybody is going to refer to Rampage and Rogans' actions when it becomes time for MMA to join the big leagues.
DangadaDang- June 4, 2011 at 11:51 am
He killed Carlos Mencia's career people....Carlos Mencia. I have to reiterate this.
Salt72- June 4, 2011 at 10:00 am
Am I missing something??? I don't see anywhere that Rogan called HER a "cunt". He said her style of writing was "cunty". Maybe I'm wrong, but that seems like two totally different things.
Jawbreaker_46- June 4, 2011 at 2:21 am
RwilsonR- June 4, 2011 at 12:20 am
bgoldstein Says:
Thu, 06/02/11 - 01:49
@ BONGTAR: Joe Rogan is not a woman, or a black guy, or a gay guy.
You know, this whole controversy reminds me how much I hate Josh Koscheck. Being a part-African-American homosexual man who clearly has a big vag, he can get away with saying whatever he wants.
And to think, he even describes himself as "cocky", which I take as an indictment against the entire male gender by referencing their genitalia to describe a queer black pussy like himself.
RwilsonR- June 4, 2011 at 12:04 am
Wow... too busy to check out CP for a day and everyone's turned on each other.
ArmFarmer- June 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm
Nice link horror fighter, good read. Check out the first link Rogan provides as an example of her shitty retarded writing. That article sucked, and the best part is everyone let her know it in the comments beneath it.
Horror Fighter- June 3, 2011 at 11:42 am
Rogan's a comedian, and if you think his language can hurt the sport, perhaps you should consider that his boss can't keep "fuck" out of normal conversation. BTW, here's Rogan's response:
El Guapo- June 3, 2011 at 11:40 am
(Richard Nixon)"I am not a cunt."
El Guapo- June 3, 2011 at 11:38 am
(Rodney King)"Cunt we all... just... get along?"
El Guapo- June 3, 2011 at 11:36 am
Wow, 165+ comments and only two were spambots! Incredible
El Guapo- June 3, 2011 at 11:35 am
^^Earl Chutzpah Goldstein Gefiltefish, is that you?
CaggieMunty- June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am
lmao at "somebody get a bazooka"
earl- June 3, 2011 at 10:39 am
I'm a long time CP reader and fan, but I only felt compelled to register today so I could thank you, Ben, for this article. I LOVE Joe Rogan, have since News Radio actually, and always will. And its not the word "cunty" that's offensive. Words are just words, and he clearly uses that one like any other adjective. What's offensive is that he felt the need to say something so crass about a colleague, just because she had the nerve to state her opinion, and it didn't agree with his. Ben, thanks for going out on a limb to defend her, despite the fact that most meathead MMA fans wouldn't know chivalry if it punched them in the face. You are a truly classy guy.
bogrog- June 3, 2011 at 10:34 am
so Ben, you said you happen to know her and claim that she's not "cunty". hit a little too close to home you fucking hypocrite? this website has turned to shit since the other ben was replaced by that talentless hack. even so, it was still worth a read until this drivel
knucklesamitch- June 3, 2011 at 9:48 am
Somebody get a bazooka and shoot that CUNT!
thenutman69321- June 3, 2011 at 9:44 am
The writer of this article is a cunty little bitch. One of the great things about the UFC and MMA in general is the company men and the fighters don't have to be robots anytime they are in public like stars from any other sport, they can do and say what they want.

Thank god the author of this article isn't in charge. We'd have a bunch of faggots giving canned answers to every question ever asked, just like all other sports.
CaggieMunty- June 3, 2011 at 9:35 am
Im with everyone else, all this article did was make the situation funnier and more popular. Cunty........has a great ring to it.