Joe Rogan said the story he shared last month about a school allowing a “furry” student to use a litter box in the girls’ bathroom was groundless.
Last month, the Spotify podcaster told former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard that his friend’s wife was a teacher at “a school that had to install a litter box in the girls’ room because there’s a girl who’s hairy.”
Rogan has since come back to his story, saying on Wednesday, “I don’t think they actually did it. I think there were discussions about doing it because there was a particularly crazy mother, but there is – it doesn’t seem like there’s any evidence that they put a litter box in it.”
Rogan statement comes from Republican Senate nominee Don Boluc, of New Hampshire,” doubled the debunked claim often used by conservatives in the culture war about gender identities and bathrooms in schools.
Joe Rogan admitted on Wednesday (above) that the story he shared last month about a school installing litter boxes in the girls’ bathroom wasn’t true.
He initially made the claim on October 12 (above). The podcaster has since complained about spreading the unfounded rumors that have become a popular conservative talking point in the culture war over gender and school bathrooms.
When interviewing author Michael Shermer on Wednesday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the writer spoke to Rogan about the fake stories circulating about cat litter in school.
While Shermer pointed out that it was a point to attack liberals, Rogan complained that he was also being dragged into the rumours.
“I contributed to that,” he said, pointing out that he went back to the source of his original story, but couldn’t verify that it was real.
According to fact-checkers, the false claim is based on reports that some schools have stockpiled litter boxes in case children are locked in classrooms for hours during an active shooting event.
Rogan added that he was inclined to believe the rumor because of what he saw when he ran into a furry convention in Pittsburg 10 years ago while attending a UFC event.
“So we check in at the hotel… the front desk said how crazy it was that these people were asking to have their food delivered to the floor in bowls so they could eat it like animals,” Rogan recalled.
And then he said they asked for a litter box in the lobby. Now they didn’t put a litter box in the lobby, but according to this man, someone asked him for a litter box.”
While Rogan has been working to quell rumors of kids using litter boxes in schools, Boluc has continually repeated the false claims.
Don Bolduc is running for Senate in New Hampshire. On Wednesday, he defended his claims about schools giving litter boxes to students who identify as cats
Bolduc, a retired Army Brigadier General who challenges Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, shared the hoax at a weekend event.
When Bolduc was challenged on his claim on Wednesday, he took care not to say it was true. Instead, he said it was what he had been told.
“So what I was talking about is all the craziness that’s going on in our schools. And this is just one of them,” he told NBC News.
“And I had a parent and a student in that audience come up to me and tell me all about it. I’ve had that all over the state.
“So I’m only articulating what I’ve heard from Granite Staters, parents, children.”
Culture war battles over gender identity and education have picked up the litter box hoax by a string of Republican politicians.
At a luncheon for Republican women in Colorado last month, Representative Laurent Boebert claimed that schools are ‘putting’ litter boxes in schools for people who identify as cats.’
Minnesota governor Scott Jensen reportedly asked during a campaign blackout a month earlier:Why do we have litter boxes in some school districts for kids to pee in because they identify as a furry dog?’
The debunked rumor has long lived online and has been picked up by conservatives trying to make a point about education and gender identity – sparking ridicule
A recent NBC News review found that at least 20 conservative candidates or elected officials had made similar claims.
Although “furries” exist as a subculture of people who like to dress up in animal costumes, school districts have repeatedly denied that litter boxes were ever used for children who identify as cats.
But a Colorado school district told NBC it had included kitty litter in “go buckets” that contain emergency supplies in case students are trapped in a classroom during a shooting.
That hasn’t stopped the myth from flaring up on social media and in conservative speeches about gender identity and education.
CNN obtained audio from Bolduc making similar claims
‘Guess? We have fur and down in the classroom,’ he told the crowd. ‘They lick themselves, they’re cats.
“If they don’t like something, they hiss – people walk down the hall and jump out,” he said, as a hissing sound was heard.
“And get this, get this: they put litter boxes, right? That’s what litter boxes are for. …’