Described on social media as a stand-up comedian, martial arts lover, and psychedelic adventurer, Joe Rogan is one of the most influential and highest-paid podcast hosts in the world, and one of the most controversial podcast hosts, especially because of his positions. on the COVID-19 vaccine, which has brought it not only the scientific community. But they were born rejecting artists.
The extensive biography of Rogan, who was a taekwondo champion, goes well beyond the popular podcast, as he also has several comedy specials such as “Joe Rogan: Triggered” for Netflix, and has been a TV presenter for credits in some films such as “Zookeeper” on NBC’s Fear Factor and a commentator for the UFC, just to mention some of his projects. However, it was the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” that put Rogan in several headlines.
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The show deals with the form of long interviews with several guests such as Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX; Edward Snowden, a former CIA contractor who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders himself.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” was the most popular podcast on Spotify globally in 2021, according to Variety. In 2020, the show became exclusive to Spotify when Rogan signed an exclusive, multi-year licensing deal with the streaming service, believed to be worth more than $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But Rogan became a very controversial figure after spreading misinformation about vaccines and covid-19.
Rogan and his position on the epidemic
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Rogan, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, has previously expressed skepticism that healthy young adults should be vaccinated.
In fact, in April 2021, Rogan told listeners that if a 21-year-old asked him if they should be vaccinated, he suggested they not. “If you’re a healthy person who exercises all the time, you’re young and you eat well, I don’t think you have to worry about this,” Rogan said.
He later clarified his comments, saying that he was “not an anti-extremist” and that he was “not a respectable source of information, not even for me”.
In September, the podcast host tested positive for Covid-19. However, when asked if he would like to receive the vaccination before he tested positive, Rogan replied in the negative, noting that he beat the virus “very quickly.”
A month later, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, sat down for three hours with Rogan to talk about the pandemic, vaccines, potential treatments and the risks the coronavirus poses to children and youth, among many other topics.
During the conversation between Gupta and Rogan, whose views are often confronted, the presenter agreed that some people exposed to the virus should be vaccinated against COVID-19, especially obese or elderly people.
The Scientific Society Against Rogan
Musician Neil Young told Spotify that he no longer wants his music to appear on the streaming service due to Rogan’s repeated false claims about the coronavirus and vaccines.
In early January 2022, a group of more than 250 scientists, doctors and nurses wrote an open letter to Spotify asking Spotify to warn its listeners about misinformation. This came on the heels of a guest episode of Dr. Robert Malone who was “criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories,” the letter states.
“By enabling the spread of false claims and harming society, Spotify allows its hosted media to erode public trust in scientific research and question the credibility of data-driven guidelines provided by medical professionals,” it reads.
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A month after this message was posted, artist Neil Young, an advocate of coronavirus prevention measures, said he did not want his music to share home misinformation about vaccines.
In a now-deleted post on his website, Young called on his managers and record labels to remove his music from Spotify because he said the music and podcast platform “spread false information about vaccines, which could cause the death of those who believe in spreading misinformation by them.” (Rolling Stone originally reported on the text of the deleted post.)
Spotify will no longer stream Neil Young’s music, at the artist’s request.
A spokesperson for the tech company told The Washington Post in a statement, “We want all of the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. This comes with a huge responsibility to balance the safety of listeners with the freedom of the creators.”
“We have detailed content policies and have removed over 20,000 covid-19 related podcasts since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to pull his music from Spotify, but we look forward to welcoming him soon.”
Apple Music entered the debate, which, just a day after Spotify agreed to remove Neil Young’s music from its service, “provoked” its music streaming rival by treating the musician as a star.
In a tweet sent late Thursday, and later posted to the top of Apple Music’s official Twitter account, Apple called its platform “the home of Neil Young.” Some Apple Music users also reported seeing Young’s albums and playlists promoted in the foreground in the “Browse” section of Apple Music with the caption “We Love Neil”.