Joe Rogan Criticised for Telling Young People Not To Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Daniel Davies
·2-min read
Photo credit: Michael S. Schwartz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Michael S. Schwartz - Getty Images

Joe Rogan may be a brilliant podcaster, comedian and UFC analyst, but a medical professional he is not. Still, that hasn't stopped him from advising his listeners not to get vaccinated for Covid-19 if they're fit and healthy.

Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan told fellow comedian Dave Smith that while he supported vulnerable people getting the vaccine, young, fit and healthy people shouldn't worry about Covid-19.

"People say, 'Do you think it's safe to get vaccinated?' I've said, yeah, I think for the most part it's safe to get vaccinated. I do. I do," said Rogan. "But if you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, 'Should I get vaccinated?' I'll go no.

"If you're a healthy person, and you're exercising all the time, and you're young, and you're eating well, I don't think you need to worry about this."

To say the least, Rogan's comments didn't go down well on Twitter.

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However, Rogan's bosses at Spotify appear at ease with the current controversy. According to a report by The Verge, Spotify reviewed what Rogan said but decided not to take the episode down because he doesn’t come off as outwardly anti-vaccine, nor does he make a call to action.

In the past, Spotify has taken down other explicitly anti-vaccine podcasts and music, with The Verge noting how one show was pulled for saying vaccines kill, while another was cut for saying vaccines cause skin conditions.

When those shows were cut, Spotify issued a statement saying it "prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health. When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform.”

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