Joe Rogan received a multi-million dollar exclusive podcast contract with Spotify for this exact reason. Controversy equals cash, more listens, more downloads, more views and more of whatever metric is associated with “The Joe Rogan Experience.” In case you missed it, last week on “JRE”, Rogan suggested that young healthy people do not and should not get vaccinated.
Rogan suggested his family was a case study, his children who are young and healthy contracted COVID-19 and only presented cold-like symptoms. The comments resulted in an immediate backlash from the White House. Including this funny “shot” from White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.
“I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”Kate Bedingfield on CNN’s “New Day,” via The Hill
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci responded as well but his comments were not as tongue-in-cheek.
Rogan would address the controversy on Thursday’s edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience:”
Some of the key quotes:
“I’m not a doctor. I’m a fucking idiot.”
“I’m not an anti-vaxx person. In fact, I said I believe they’re safe and I encourage many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said I don’t think if you’re a young healthy person you need it.”
“I’m not a doctor. I’m not even a respected source of information, even for me.”Joe Rogan, “The Joe Rogan Experience”
Rogan added that he was set to get the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine before it was temporarily suspended. He also didn’t fully walk back his comments but rather tried to reason with the response from medical experts.
Rogan is well known for his holistic takes on healthy and wellness, some of which I agree with, but this take is troublesome considering the state of vaccine hesitancy the country is currently dealing with. Rogan’s voice resonates with a large segment of the population that is part of that hesitancy for a variety of reasons. Coming out and simply saying stating he was wrong could go a long way to solving the hesitancy issue among younger people.