Podcast host Joe Rogan joined the chorus of those lamenting the death of New York City and parts of Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 lockdowns that crippled businesses and quality of life beyond repair.
During an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” last Friday, Rogan lamented about the people fleeing New York City and others in droves, likening them to a “sinking ship.”
“[Cities] can be irreversibly fucked, like I think some of our cities are right now. I think there’s some there’s some sections in LA, I don’t know how the f**k they’re gonna bounce back. You drive down the street and you see everything boarded up. You go, ‘How does this come back? How long does it take?” Rogan said. “A lot of people are moving out. People are moving out. You get the sense like it’s an abandoned ship, like it’s a sinking ship. And then people don’t want to invest money in it. They don’t know what to do. They’re not sure if they should stay. They start looking at other states where things are open, ‘Maybe we should just move. Maybe we should forget about this business and start fresh in Florida or move to Texas or whatever.’”
Dave Chappelle, a D.C.-born stage star who now lives in Ohio, replied: “I can’t imagine New York City not coming back from this. … It’ll be a new normal, though.”