The Joe Rogan controversy has reached a new peak, with the outspoken comedian and UFC commentator finally publicly responding to address the controversy between Rogan, Spotify, and musician, Neil Young.
In an almost 10-minute video posted to Instagram, Rogan discussed the conflict that erupted last week when Young urged Spotify to pick between hosting his music or The Joe Rogan Experience, which he claimed was spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) January 31, 2022
To dispel any wrong ideas that he thinks some people may have, Rogan began his video by providing the background of his podcast.
The podcaster quickly addressed the two most highlighted episodes of his show as problematic, which then kicked off the controversy. These interviews were with Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone. Rogan shared their credentials and explained that these were the reasons why he invited them on his program.
“Both of these people are very highly credentialed, very intelligent, very accomplished people and they have an opinion that’s different from the mainstream narrative. I wanted to hear what that opinion is.”
Continuing, Rogan voiced his objections to the term misinformation, noting that it has previously been used to describe beliefs that had subsequently been shown to be correct.
During his interview with Rogan, Dr. Herb recounted the views expressed by the two polarizing physicians on their episodes of the podcast. He stated that he is not an expert in determining what is wrong or correct.
“I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist,” he said. “I’m just someone who sits down with people and has conversations with them”.
“Do I get things wrong? Absolutely I get things wrong, but then I try and correct them. Whenever I get something wrong I try to correct it because I’m interested in telling the truth, I’m interested in finding out what the truth is, and I’m interested in having interesting conversations with people that have differing options.”
During the discussion, Ithica joined in. He said that he wants to have individuals with polarizing viewpoints accompanied by other experts with opposing viewpoints so that listeners can hear both sides of the argument at the same time in the future.
Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek issued a statement in response to the furor. They stated that future guidelines will be published for creators, as well as the launch of a COVID-19 hub that will be tacked onto any podcast discussing the topic.
In his video, Rogan expressed pride in the new features while also thanking Spotify for its assistance. You may view the complete statement from Rogan on Instagram here.
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