Rogan’s controversial statements have caused online frenzy on multiple occasions since he moved his super-popular podcast from YouTube to Spotify in a $100 million-plus exclusive deal last year to avoid censorship. The show instantly became one of the most viewed on the platform, with Spotify saying it was performing “above expectations.”
Back in April, the stand-up comedian and UFC commentator was trending on social media after suggesting young and healthy people didn’t need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, and warning that giving into cancel culture could eventually lead to a situation in which “straight white men aren’t allowed to talk.”
ALSO ON RT.COMPrince Harry tells UFC’s Rogan to ‘stay out’ of vaccine debate as British royal visits NFL stadium to urge world to get Covid jabHe addressed the issue of vaccination once again in the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, saying that, by trying to inoculate as many people as possible, the US government might actually be making the virus stronger and more dangerous.
He based his claim on the findings of a peer-reviewed scientific paper published in the PLOS Biology magazine in 2015. Its authors said “anti-disease vaccines that do not prevent transmission can create conditions that promote the emergence of pathogen strains that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated hosts.”
Speaking about the so-called ‘breakthrough cases’ of inoculated people becoming infected with Covid-19, Rogan suggested that “the very sort of environment that we’re creating by having so many people vaccinated with a vaccine that doesn’t kill off the virus, it actually can lead to a more potent virus. Try finding that story anywhere.”
People are trying to cancel Joe Rogan because of this video where he cites a scientific study proving lab rats are more at risk than those who think for themselves. They are losing the narrative. pic.twitter.com/hECK3lsGze
— Carlos Del Valle 🇺🇸⚔️ (@cdelvallejr) August 7, 2021
However, the US authorities insist that vaccination is the best way to stop the coronavirus pandemic, with President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, reiterating last week that those, who avoid getting the jab “are the ones that are propagating this outbreak.” According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 70% of adult Americans have so far received at least one shot of the vaccine.
Rogan previously acknowledged he was “not a doctor” and his audience shouldn’t look to him as a reliable source of scientific information. He also claimed he was “not an anti-vaxx person.”
During the latest episode, the 53-year-old also said those pushing for mandatory vaccination to be introduced in the US, “are dumb. They don’t understand human history.”
According to the host, America became “the first experiment in self-government that actually worked, and it created the greatest superpower the world has ever known.” This success was achieved through “freedom,” he said, and ordering people to get a jab and carry vaccine passport would be going against the very principles the US had been built on. “You’re moving one step closer to dictatorship – that’s what the f*** is happening,” Rogan said.
“They’re dumb, they don’t understand history.” – Joe Rogan on people calling for vaccine mandates”To the contrary, vaccination requirements, like other public-health measures, have been common in this nation.” – unanimous, all-GOP 7th Circuit panel (appointed by Reagan & Trump) https://t.co/wcdkacy9Cl
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 7, 2021
Such comments didn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users, who were appalled at Rogan not supporting the government’s measures to contain the virus in the US, which is the world’s worst-affected country during the pandemic, having reported over 35.7 million cases and more than 616,000 deaths.
Many commenters were outraged, and demanded that Rogan be “canceled” once and for all. Others argued that, due to his influence on his audience, he should refrain from speaking on subjects of which he knows nothing.
Joe Rogan really went on his show that 11 million people listen to and said that vaccines are causing covid mutations and the reason scientists aren’t talking about it is because they’re afraid of getting canceled. We are all going to die.
— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) August 6, 2021
Joe Rogan has made a career out of misunderstanding an article he skimmed and then repeating it loudly as fact to a massive audience. Then whenever he gets in trouble he says he’s a comedian and no one should take him seriously, but millions of people very much so do.
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) August 7, 2021
Hi, @joerogan. I and a number of my doctor friends would totally come on your show and help you understand 1) the virus (SARS CoV2) is mutating, the disease (Covid) is not2) mutations will occur as long as the virus proliferates, ie as long as people don’t get vaccinated… https://t.co/CPfYeWS71P
— Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD (@arghavan_salles) August 7, 2021
The comedian’s knowledge of world and US history was also called into question, with Twitter users reminding him about the democratic systems of ancient Rome and Greece, as well as prior mandatory vaccination campaigns in America that hadn’t hampered the country’s development at all.
Gotta love really dumb people calling people dumb because they don’t understand the “history” of the world they just made up. If every single country in the history of the world before 1776 was run by dictators, who invented democracy? Clue: it was the Greeks.
— Snow Chi Minh (@SnoChiMinh) August 7, 2021
Some pinned the blame on Spotify and suggested the platform should be held accountable for allowing the spread of what they called “dangerous disinformation.”
The fact that @Spotify continues to platform Joe Rogan in the face of a pandemic, despite his repeated use of their platform and money to spread dangerous disinformation, is unacceptable.I think it’s finally time to cancel my Spotify account. https://t.co/hLqSNQTPwn
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) August 7, 2021
There were many who supported Rogan, however. Hardcore fans of the podcast insisted that what he was saying was relevant and needed to be heard.
I’ll never understand the people who openly support more government control. Give us guidelines and allow us to have the freedom to decide for ourselves. That’s how America works.
— Connor Earl (@ConEarl) August 7, 2021
What Joe Rogan said about vaccines causing variants is TRUE and if you don’t believe him, just ask someone who’s suffering from Delta polio.
— Laurie Kilmartin- Aug 13-14 at Laughs in Seattle (@anylaurie16) August 7, 2021
Others, like fellow comedian Josh Denny, simply defended Rogan’s right to speak his mind.
I love that all Twitter criticism of Joe Rogan boils down to jealous whining about the “responsibility of his reach”He has that reach BECAUSE he speaks his mind.If you think your personal “platform” includes responsibility for your listeners, that’s called a messiah complex.
— Josh Denny (@JoshDenny) August 7, 2021
Spotify apparently has no intention to restrict Rogan’s self-expression, despite media reports that said some of its employees threatened to quit unless editorial oversight was deployed when it came to the airing of controversial shows such as his.
ALSO ON RT.COMWoke Twitter gets mad as Joe Rogan says giving into cancel culture equals ‘straight white men’ losing their right to speakSpeaking to the online news outlet Axios in late July, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said, “Joe Rogan is just one out of eight million creators on the platform… We have a lot of really well-paid rappers… and, we don’t dictate what they’re putting in their songs either.”