In December 2021, Joe Rogan featured digital artist Beeple on the 1748th episode of the JRE Podcast. Along with some interesting conversations, the artist also brought a gift to the podcast and presented it to Rogan during the episode.
Beeple is a world-renowned artist and is primarily known for his work within the NFT space. The gift he gave Rogan was an Elon Musk-based NFT from one of Beeple’s many collections. The podcaster was delighted with the gift and in awe of the visual aspect of the NFT:
“Jesus Christ, that’s an amazing image!”
The artist also said that he gave the same NFT to Elon Musk and his brother Kimbal Musk when he met them in Basel before appearing on the JRE podcast.
Along with the amazing artwork, Beeple also included a “hair sample” for Rogan, which got lots of laughs in the studio. Rogan described the NFT as a “kidnapped Elon Musk in his underwear.” Despite the light-hearted nature of this particular work, Beeple achieved a record sale of $69 million in 2021, meaning the gift of NFTs will likely be worth a lot going forward.
Joe Rogan criticizes the metaverse concept while speaking with Ben Shapiro on the JRE podcast
Despite being grateful for Beeple’s gift of NFTs, Joe Rogan has often criticized concepts like NFTs, cryptocurrencies, and the metaverse. While speaking with Ben Shapiro on episode #1732 of the JRE podcast back in November of last year, Rogan once again expressed his thoughts on the metaverse.
The podcaster apparently had a problem trusting Mark Zuckerberg in the proper handling of all the information and control gained through the metaverse and called the idea “crazy” when speaking to Shapiro:
“You’ll realize this is an idea That you’re “going to give your life to some sort of virtual or augmented reality world, which is owned and created by a guy who’s involved in this company whose algorithms are sowing the seeds of mistrust and hate.”
Joe Rogan went on to compare the digital world to video games and said that the original game of ‘Pong’ would not satisfy today’s kids given how far technology has developed, he felt there might come a time when people decide to spend more time in the digital world than in real life.