By Zach Arnold | October 8, 2011
Over 80,000 hits on Youtube and I fully admit that I’ve watched this more than once. I love “Renato Laranja, 27 time world BJJ champion.” It starts off, appropriate enough, with Rogan coming out of the shower to show off. Within a few seconds, we get the great ‘debate’ on ‘heefer’ and ’super heefer.’
When it comes to weed discussion, Rogan is unmatched. “Weed’s awesome for you.” When pressed on why he’s encouraging the youth of America to smoke pot, he deadpans the following:
“I don’t tell the children, I tell the adults.”
Renato brings up the argument that cars are legal but we don’t tell kids to drive before age 16.
“When I say cars are awesome, am I encouraging 10 years to go speed on the
fucking highway? No.”
The issue of marijuana for medicinal purposes surfaces. “It’s a psychoactive compound, much like caffeine… nicotine… there’s a lot of legal things that are psychoactive.” The response from Renato is classic.
“You don’t hear what you say from your mouth. … They make you act like a psycho. How are you going to argue with that?”
After a deviation into California’s laws vs. the Feds law on marijuana dispensaries, Joe argues that the higher THC levels in today’s pot means you smoke less of it.
Unfortunately for Joe, news from The Emerald Triangle indicates that The War on Drugs is back in full effect in California.
Renato then talks about ‘friends’ he’s talked with on MySpace and Friendster. That people believe this is real is what makes the troll video so great. He claims that pot usage is leading to societal chaos.
“You smoke so much weed, you have glaucoma.”
To which Rogan replies, “Where’s the bodies? Where’s the disaster?”
Things devolve into a discussion about the merits of James Brown and his greatness.
“That’s ridiculous, that’s disrespectful. In my
fucking country, don’t you ever shit on James Brown. I don’t go to Brazil and fuck with Pele and start shitting on Minotauro (Nogueira) or Helio Gracie. You don’t come to America and talk shit about James Brown, son.”
That’s why there’s Chael Sonnen, Joe.
In a great throwaway line that sadly has a bit of irony to it… “You want Nick Diaz and all those guys who smoke reefer and you want those guys in the UFC. You’re afraid to have a clean athlete.”
Rogan says he loves GSP but says it in the kind of way that a white person says they have black friends after cracking racist jokes. This gives Renato his opportunity to rant on GSP as being a greaser because BJ Penn said so. This is the perfect parody of a MMA message boarder.
Rogan finishes up his spiel by talking about Ronald Reagan ’smoking mad weed,’ hanging out with a chimp and doing Bedtime for Bonzo while getting high and thinking about UFOs. Rogan leaves for his car and drives away. While following Rogan to his car, Renato goes into preacher mode.
“It’s a controlled substance. There’s statistics it can hurt your brain. I know that’s the same thing that makes you not believe the Bible. You don’t believe anything like that. … You’re going to have a lot of blood on your hands.”
It is a great 12 minutes, worthy of your time on a lazy Saturday to watch.