PASADENA, CA – APRIL 17: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance on the Ice House Comedy … [+]
During the Joe Rogan Experience last Friday, streamed over the audio streaming service Spotify, the comedian suggested that most young people didn’t really need the Covid-19 vaccine. Now Joe Rogan faces a huge backlash on social media.
There were more than 100,000 tweets, and many came from comedians and other media personalities.
Let the firestorm begin
Rogan, who works on a number of issues, came directly to the point about the need for a vaccine.
“If you are 21 years old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go, ‘No’, “said Rogan. “If you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time and you’re young and you eat well, you don’t have to worry about that.”
Since making those remarks last week, they have spread across the various social networks and even caught the attention of the White House and Dr. Anthony Fauci attracted.
“I think my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a doctor while we weren’t looking?” White House communications director Kate Bedingfield told CNN on Wednesday. “I’m not sure if it is most productive for people to take scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan in order to get their information.”
Dr. Fauci has called on Rogan’s recommendation to self-serve, warning that someone who doesn’t experience symptoms could still spread the outbreak. These people could accidentally infect someone else.
Social media response
Many have now called the comedian and Spotify directly on social media, demanding that he be fired for spreading what some call dangerous misinformation.
“Hey @Spotify, you are giving Joe Rogan a platform, someone who is actively using his podcast to tell people not to take the coronavirus vaccine. You are taking advantage of his deadly propaganda and spreading it. Shame on you, that you bred your own Alex Jones, “wrote singer / songwriter Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila).
Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin), founder of the Gaia Women’s Leadership Project, also said directly, “Hey @Spotify: Right now, you are part of the ongoing harm of this pandemic, and we all know it. It is time for you to do something against Joe Rogan. “
Culture critic and podcast Touré (@Toure) was one of the people who called Rogan about his medical advice, “People who receive health advice from Joe Rogan deserve whatever happens to them.”
“The COVID experience should have taught us that science is about constant revision and hypothesis. Unfortunately, many people have gotten away with the flawed idea that science is just a set of opinions. Joe Rogan appears to be one,” noted the blogger Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield).
It is unlikely that any of these calls for his release will be heeded.
“Rogan has shown how it is increasingly possible to attract attention from the point of view of freedom of speech, even when the limits of freedom of speech or at least good taste are tested,” said futurist and trend expert Scott Steinberg.
“He already has a loyal audience and the chatter is not going to result in the loss of his fan base,” added Steinberg.
“It could have an impact on advertisers, but since he already has such a large following, it’s unlikely to have an impact,” noted Steinberg. “Some advertisers may care, but this is a guy who has built a following through his controversy. He’s certainly a student of the no-press school of thought for bad press.”
To date, Spotify, which hosts the podcast, has also stood by Rogan’s side.
“What I’m going to say is that we have 8 million creators and hundreds of millions of content,” said Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, to Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg.
“We have a content policy and we are removing parts that violate that policy,” added Ek.
No laughing matter
Comedians generally didn’t call each other – and Rogan has become something of a power player thanks to his popular podcast, but that didn’t stop comedian / singer Brian Gaar (@briangaar) from suggesting, “Joe Rogan is Alex Jones with a better agent . “
The satirist Ethan Klein from the YouTube channel h3h3Productions (@ h3hheproductions) also responded directly to Rogan.
“Healthy young people should definitely get the vaccine. This is how we’re going to stop the spread. Not rocket scientists. It’s about getting back to normal and saving lives. In India they literally burn bodies on the street while people like Joe Rogan do it.” encourage not to do so. ” vaccinate. “
Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) was also quick to remark, “Former host of a game show where paid people were paid to eat bugs and get leeches in their faces has medical advice.”
Support for Rogan
Other users stood behind the comedian – not only because of his opinion, but also on the platform on which he spreads the news.
Author and conservative activist Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) responded to Rogan’s call for firing by saying, “I love the fire @joerogan stuff. How do you fire Rogan from the job? He’s the job. He’s the brand. He Everywhere he goes there will be crowds. He’s tireless, idiots. “
Will joe go?
It is unlikely that Rogan’s reviews will suffer even if called on.
“In today’s world of fake news, fake facts, and unattached souls, people are looking for something to hold onto,” said technology analyst Josh Crandall of Netpop Research.
“Joe Rogan is now just one voice in the cavalry of influencers fighting for the sanity of their herds,” added Crandall. “Driven by profit and power, people like Joe are using every channel they can to sculpt the perceptions of those who are too lazy or scared to look beyond the harmful fluff they hear from entertainers like him. Joe knows for Who he works and doesn’t care. It’s more about his bottom line than the good of the community. “
In the end, Rogan is simply unlikely to suffer, and he might actually gain followers instead.
“It says something about our media environment when you talk about a hot topic,” added Steinberg. “Rogan may not have the most scientific expertise, but he has the loudest microphone for public conversations.”